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nnnnn china's island building power play in the south china sea get its biggest push back yet from united states defense secretary ash carter i wanna be clear about our position on the south china sea the united states will fly , as we do all around the world the tough talk coming at a ceremony in hawaii with the backdrop of the pearl harbor memorial phil stewart covers the pentagon for reuters in washington the united states not trying to escalates edge in the south china sea far from it what they're trying to do is stand , their grounds they're trying to maintain international norms as what they see as a temp by china to change the rules of the game , several pacific countries make claims to shipping routes in the sea but china is the only one building artificial islands along reefs in the spratly island chain china says the traditional twelve mile exclusion zone barring foreign ships will apply to their new islands , a claim the u. s. and other nations flatly reject , this is a fundamental disagreement between beijing and washington , china thinks that this area this territorial mass bestows territorial rights in that they have a twelve nautical mile area around those islands that are that is chinese territory united states is saying is not going to recognize this nash carter's going on this asia trip to deliver that message carter said china's actions are only bring in the u. s. and its allies together and guaranteeing a bigger u. s. presence in the disputed waters