DND questions Chinese plan to construct facilities in disputed territory

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MANILA, Philippines — The Department of National Defense questioned China’s announced intention to build facilities on artificial islands it has built in disputed territories in the South China Sea.

“For whom are those search-and-rescue facilities?” DND spokesman Peter Paul Galvez asked as he wondered if these were “for our ships and installations that they are threatening to destroy.”

Chinese ambassador Zhao Jianhua earlier said facilities Beijing intends to construct on the artificial islands are to support freedom of navigation, search and rescue efforts in case of accidents, and scientific research.

“Regardless of what supposedly ‘good’ details the Chinese leadership informs the peace-focused and rules-based international community, they illegally and blatantly continue with their aggression as these are mere elements of their island building militarization which needs to be stopped and be dismantled,” Galvez said.

 

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