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US: Growing China, Russia military activity in Asia-Pacific

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WASHINGTON (AP)- The commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific says major land reclamation by China at outposts in the South China could allow it to exert more influence over the contested area and deploy military assets including advanced missile systems.

Adm. Samuel Locklear also told the House Armed Services Committee that Russia has escalated military activity in the Asia-Pacific in recent months to a near Cold War-level.

Locklear's area of command straddles a vast area of land and ocean where the Obama administration has sought to elevate America's presence, and where other major powers jockey for influence.

Locklear told Wednesday's hearing that land features expanded by China could provide a platform for enforcing an air defense information zone if it sought to establish one in the South China Sea.

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