31 May '15, 2am

#China rejects #US criticism of South China Sea reclamations

#China rejects #US criticism of South China Sea reclamations

SINGAPORE (AFP) - China on Sunday rejected United States demands to stop its intensifying reclamation works in the South China Sea, saying it was exercising its sovereignty while helping the rest of the world. Admiral Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of the general staff department in the People's Liberation Army, told a security summit in Singapore that "the situation in the South China Sea is on the whole peaceful and stable, and there has never been an issue with the freedom of navigation". "China has carried out construction on some islands and reefs in the South China Sea mainly for the purpose of improving the functions of the relevant islands and reefs, and the working and living conditions of personnel stationed there. "Apart from meeting the necessary defence needs, it is more geared to better perform China's international responsibilities and obligations regarding marit...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/asia/east-asia/story/chi...

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