South China Sea

Why the US is reluctant to take on China

China wants to use resources like these landing craft, pictured here parading through Beijing on Sept. 3. © AP

TETSURO KOSAKA, Nikkei senior staff writer

TOKYO -- Talks over China's island-building projects in the South China Sea at Sunday's East Asia Summit in Malaysia yielded no surprises. The U.S. and Japan expressed concerns about the new islands, and China defended their legitimacy. Japan, the Philippines and Australia expect the U.S. to mai...