U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said US will conduct freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea again, although he gave no timeline for such actions.Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The United States will conduct freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea again, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a speech on Saturday, although he gave no timeline for any such actions. "We've done them before, all over the world," Carter said at a defense forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. "And we will do them again." Carter also raised concerns about Russia saying, "In Europe, Russia has been violating sovereignty in Ukraine and Georgia and actively trying to intimidate the Baltic states." He added, "Meanwhile, in Syria, Russia is throwing gasoline on an already dangerous fire, prolonging a civil war that fuels the very extremism Russia claims to oppose. At sea, in the air, in space, and in cyberspace, Russian actors have engaged in challenging activities," he said.