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Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 16:13
China says construction on reef normal
By Agencies

China says construction on reef normal
China Coast Guard ship #3401 (top) and a Philippine supply boat engage in a stand off in South China Sea on March 29, 2014. (Photo / AFP)

BEIJING - China's foreign ministry said on Wednesday that any construction on Ren'ai Reef off China's Nansha Islands in the South China Sea is normal, since the reef is Chinese territory.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the comment at a regular briefing, but she did not say whether any construction was underway.

The Philippine foreign ministry on Wednesday accused China of reclaiming land on a reef in the South China Sea and said it appeared to be building an airstrip.

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario told The Associated Press that the Philippines lodged the protest against China last month after surveillance aircraft confirmed, and took pictures of the reclamation and dredging being done by Chinese vessels at the reef, which Manila says violates a regional non-aggression pact.

 
 
 
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