U.S. patrols in the disputed South China Sea will be permitted but a Japanese military presence there is “unacceptable,” according to a Chinese general.

“The United States used to have military bases in Southeast Asia, like in the Philippines and even in Vietnam, and they have military cooperation with Singapore, so American military presence in the South China Sea is acceptable to China,” said Major General Zhu Chenghu, a professor of strategic studies at China’s National Defense University. Zhu is known for his hawkish views towards the United States.

“As for the Japanese military presence, it is very difficult for the Chinese people and the Chinese government to accept it,” he added.

China has been building artificial islands in the Spratlys — which are also known as the Nansha Islands.

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