>> A bold call from the White House, sure to rub China the wrong way. Donald Trump's administration hinting at tough steps to block Beijing's claims in international waters. Press secretary Shaun Spicer saying America will defend territories from being taken over. He didn't give any detail on how the US might back up the fighting talk, but it's another sign of a sharp break under Trump after years of Washington taking a cautious approach with Beijing.
Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson has already said China should be denied access to the artificial islands it's built. Chinese state media firing back saying the US would have to wage war for that to happen. Trump aides say the president wants a major naval buildup in East Asia to counter China's rise, but experts warn that any move against Chinese fleets could spark a dangerous escalation.
One telling Reuters that if Trump were to take a military approach, he'd be acting with no legal basis, and that blocking China's access to the islands would amount to an act of war.