MANILA – Beijing has called ”illegal” Manila’s plan to install a $1-million satellite-based system on Pag-asa Island to track commercial flights over the disputed South China Sea.
”China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands including Zhongye Dao,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei, referring to the Chinese name for Pag-Asa Island.
”Any activity by the Philippine side on China’s territory it has occupied is illegal and cannot cover up the illegal nature of its encroachment.”
The Philippines announced its plan to install the tracking system after China landed its first test flights this month on a reef it built in the Spratly islands.
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