“Peaceful” Spratly Islands Now Militarized by China: We Told You So.

Well, somebody had to say it.

I’ve written here before about China’s ambitions in the South China Sea.  It seems that China actually has military intentions for those islands.  This shouldn’t come as a shock to y’all, and probably doesn’t.  According to this article in the Washington Free Beacon, China recently conducted live-fire drills in the South China Sea.  From the Free Beacon post:

The war games were announced by the Chinese maritime security agency and included a warning for all ships to keep out of three areas near Hainan Island, according to the official PLA Daily military newspaper.

The live-fire drills come days after the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) criticized China for militarizing new, artificially created islands in the sea. The association stated in a final communiqué issued last week that China’s island building has “increased tensions” in the region.

Follow the link, and read about John Kerry’s nuanced response.