Asserting sovereignty, Beijing defends land reclamation in disputed South China Sea

November 24, 2014 8:15 AM

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BEIJING – China has defended its land reclamation in a disputed area of the South China Sea and says it is for public service use, although a London-based security group says the new island could host an airfield to intimidate neighbors.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Monday at a regular briefing that China has "indisputable sovereignty" over the Spratly Islands, which are also claimed by Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Brunei.

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