McCain: US not seeking war with China
Republican Senator John McCain says the United States is not seeking to engage in a military conflict with China after the Pentagon confirmed Beijing’s placement of weapons on its man-made islands in the South China Sea.”We are not going to have a conflict with China but we can take certain measures which will be a disincentive to China to continue these kinds of activities,” McCain told reporters on Friday.
McCain, who is the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, called China’s move “a disturbing development and escalatory development.”
The move “heightens our need to make the Chinese understand that their actions are in violation of international law and their actions are going to be condemned by everyone in the world,” McCain said.
Translation: We will pick a fight with China.