The new administration of U.S. President Donald Trump vows that America will prevent China from taking over territory in international waters in the South China Sea. Ryan Brooks reports.
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 Sean Spicer saying America will defend territories from being taken over. He didn't give any detail on how the U.S. 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 U.S. would have to "wage war" for that to happen. Trump aides say the president wants a major naval build-up 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.