04 Jun '16, 1am

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HONG KONG/SINGAPORE (Bloomberg) – China should explain its island building programme in the South China Sea or it will continue to fuel insecurity among countries whose economies depend on free trade, including smaller nations many miles away, New Zealand Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee said. “What we are looking to see from the Chinese is some better understanding about what it is about,” Brownlee said, referring to islands China has created that now cover more than 3,000 acres of land. “It is extremely important for the whole world’s economies that that remains a peaceable area and that open sea lanes and skies are available,” he said in an interview on Friday (June 3) on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue,a high-level security forum in Singapore. China’s land reclamation, along with its claims to more than 80 percent of the South China Sea, has spooked nations tha...

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