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A top Chinese military officer recently inspected the Nansha Islands in the South China Sea puma rihanna creepers rosa , the defense ministry said Friday, after the top US defense official visited an aircraft carrier transiting the disputed waters.


The coincidence of the two top military leaders' presence in the South China Sea showcased continuing tensions in the water, observers said.


Fan Changlong, vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, was briefed on the construction projects on Nansha's islands and reefs.


China's Ministry of National Defense said on its official website that the construction projects are going smoothly. Those projects, including lighthouses, automatic weather stations puma rihanna creepers bianche , oceanic observation centers and oceanic research facilities, will provide public services for the international community, according to the Xinhua News Agency. But these projects have been criticized by other claimants to the waters.


Five lighthouses have been completed, and four of them are now operational, the ministry added.


Fan also met with officers and soldiers stationed on the islands as well as construction workers.


"The rare official announcement of Fan's presence in the South China Sea has sent out a strong signal to the US, which intervenes in the disputes with some of China's neighboring countries, indicating the Chinese military's increasing determination to defend its maritime rights and interests as well as its readiness for possible escalating confrontations puma rihanna creepers online ," Liu Feng, an expert in Chinese maritime issues, told the Global Times on Friday.


In particular, China will continue constructing necessary facilities for self-defense, if the US insists on increasing its military presence in the waters, Zhu Feng, director of the Collaborative Innovation Center of South China Sea Studies at Nanjing University puma rihanna creepers italia , told the Global Times on Friday.


On the same day, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter flew to the nuclear-powered USS John C. Stennis for a two-hour visit, Reuters reported on Friday.


"What's new is not an American carrier in this region," Carter said aboard the Stennis, where he met US troops and observed flight operations. "What's new is the context of tension, which exists, which we want to reduce."


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"Following US-Philippines military exercises, Carter sailing in the water with an US aircraft carrier further demonstrated the US stance to step in the South China Sea disputes," Liu said.


Echoing Liu, Zhu said that the US is increasingly pressuring China with the threat of armed confrontation.


"If certain people from the US sincerely wish to peacefully resolve the issues, we hope that their actions would match their words and be genuinely conducive to resolving disputes," China's foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a daily briefing on Friday.


"Some US officials often replace freedom of navigation in the argument," Lu noted puma suede classic nere , saying the US side has failed to offer one single example where the safety and freedom of civil navigation in this region has been affected since the South China Sea disputes emerged over 40 years ago.


Agencies contributed to this story


A SPATE of bird flu cases in China since the beginning of the year has experts watching closely as millions of people and poultry are on the move ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, the world’s largest annual human migration.


China has reported more than 40 H7N9 infections this year after the strain jumped from birds to people for the first time in 2013. The virus remains hard to catch and most cases have been linked to contact with poultry, but scientists worry that could change if it mutates into a form that allows it to spread easily among people.


For those who track influenza, the holiday, which begins on January 31, is always worrying because it comes during the winter months when flu typically rages. Add that to hundreds of millions of people — and often birds — crammed together on buses and other forms of transportation going home, and it’s always a bit of a gamble. China estimates 3.6 billion trips will be taken over the holiday season.


“This is the first winter we’ve seen H7N9. We are in uncharted territory puma suede crafted nere ,” said Gregory Hartl, a World Health Organization spokesman in Geneva. “We have seen an upstart in cases, which we are attributing basically to the fact that it’s winter. That combined with a lot of movement of people in crowded trains with chickens could give rise to a lot more infections, but we’ve also seen in past years where it hasn’t.”


The first H7N9 cases were reported in late March near Shanghai, and more than 200 others have since been identified, including some 50 deaths.


A 31-year-old Shanghai doctor was one of the latest fatalities, raising fears he may have been infected at the hospital where he worked puma fenty bow rosa , but none of his patients or close contacts have reported flu symptoms.


There have been a handful of family clusters, but the WHO says no sustained human-to-human transmission has occurred.


However, scientists warn that the H7N9 virus contains genetic markers that could help it infect mammals easier than other avian flus. Infected birds also do not show symptoms, making it harder to track the disease. Cases declined in China over the summer, which is typically slower for influenza viruses, after some live poultry markets were closed.


In Hong Kong, which has logged three cases puma match 74 bianche , officials will test all poultry for the virus beginning later this week. Taiwan has reported two cases.


In past years, it was the H5N1 virus that spiked during this time of year. That strain, which has killed at least 386 people since 2003, is still circulating widely in poultry stocks and kills about 60 percent of the people it infects.


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