Carter Warns China U.S. Will Go Wherever Global Law Permits

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Ashton Carter, former deputy secretary of defense and U.S. President Barack Obama's nominee to be U.S. secretary of defense, pauses while speaking during a Senate Armed Services Committee nomination hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter delivered the strongest U.S. warning yet against China’s moves in the South China Sea, demanding a halt to land reclamation in disputed waters and vowing that the U.S. will remain Asia’s leading power “for decades to come.”

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