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China Accuses U.S. of Militarizing South China Sea

2016-02-20 00:53:42       source:Xinhua News Agency

February 19, 2016


"China said on Friday that it does not intend to pursue militarization of the Nansha Islands in the South China Sea and criticized U.S. air and naval patrols in the region.


China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei, adding 'China is serious about its commitment not to pursue militarization of the Nansha Islands.'


Hong made the remarks after U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said commercial satellite imagery suggested 'very recent' placement of missiles on Yongxing Island that goes against China's pledge not to militarize the South China Sea."


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