China defends land reclamation in South China Sea

November 24, 2014 10:29 AM

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China defends land reclamation in South China Sea

China defended its land reclamation in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Monday, saying the work is for public service use, although a London-based security group says the new island could host a military airfield to intimidate neighbors.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the construction on some reefs in the archipelago is “mainly aimed at improving the working and living conditions of the Chinese staff working there so that they can better perform international obligations in terms of search, rescue and other public se...

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