China Defies US on Island Project

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  • China on Monday hit back at “irresponsible remarks“ from the US
  • US has called on Beijing to stop a land reclamation project in the disputed South China Sea that could be large enough to accommodate an airstrip.
  • The comments by China's foreign ministry signal that Beijing would firmly reject proposals by any country to freeze any activity that may raise tension.
  • Media reports over the weekend cited US military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Pool as urging China to stop its land reclamation programme and engage in diplomatic initiatives to encourage all sides to restrain themselves in these sorts of activities.
  • China reiterated that Beijing had indisputable sovereignty over the Spratly Islands, where most of the overlapping claims lie.
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