外文标题：US spots Chinese mobile artillery in disputed South China Sea island
SINGAPORE: The United States has spotted a pair of mobile artillery vehicles on an artificial island that China is building in the South China Sea, a resource-rich stretch of ocean crossed by vital shipping lanes, US officials said.
China’s construction program on previously uninhabited atolls and reefs in the Spratly Islands has already raised alarm and drawn protests from other countries in the region, whose claims to parts of the South China Sea overlap China’s.
Defence secretary Ashton B Carter called this week for China to halt the construction, saying that international law did not recognize Chinese claims of sovereignty over the new territories and that US warships and military aircraft would continue to operate in the area.
The artillery was spotted by satellites and surveillance aircraft about a month ago, and the two vehicles have since been either hidden or removed, according to a US official who spoke about intelligence matters on the condition of anonymity. The official added that even if the weapons remain on the island, they pose no threat to US naval forces or aircraft in the region, although the guns could reach some nearby islands claimed by other countries.
美国国防部长Ashton B Carter本周呼吁中国停止施工，称国际法并不承认中国对新领土的主权主张，美国军舰和军机将继续在该地区作业。
china are daydreaming in a reality of distortion believing they are now a superpower and can match US in terms of war. They are resulting into a propaganda believing US will backtrack. The culture of china as a copycat country while US is laughing releasing a defective military technology for china to copy.
Ken williams (sacto) 11 hrs ago
China The U.S.A is not the rulers of the world anymore . Leave China alone . A war with them would be loss for us Stay out of there business
gamini samarasinghe (London)
What China is doing will BENEFIT the world and the first country to recieve it will be INDIA! 100 000 MW of Clean Energy capacity will be India’s gain. Mark my words. This is not warlike but PEACEFUL! I do happen to know a little more than the reported US Navy! Good Luck to all the world. Thank You China.
When a whole US Navy carrier group is in the South China seas, what could an artificial island can do for China other than symbolism? Can it have any strategic importance? It might just work during a tense non war like situation but probably useless during war because it can’t move and everyone can see where it is and what’s on it. But once US Navy presence goes away, even a Chinese fishing boat will be enough to make any sort of claim.
Concerned Pandharpur (Unknown)
A rouge nation
India should immediately attack China so that they donot try such tactics ib AP
India Navy should confront China and throw them out.
Oracle of (USA)
China’s intention is not good for all of it’s neighbors. It wants to capture more land by force
India should stand by ASEAN nations and take strong stand against China.