China says about to finish some land reclamation in South China Sea


China will soon complete some of its land reclamation on the Spratly islands in the disputed South China Sea, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, indicating that Beijing is close to setting up new outposts in the maritime heart of Southeast Asia.

The United States, which has called for a halt in China’s island building in the South China Sea, said it had “noted” Beijing’s announcement, but was concerned about its plans for more construction work, including for military defence.

“China’s stated plans do not contribute to a reduction in tensions, support the emergence of diplomatic and peaceful solutions, or bolster China’s disputed maritime claims,” a State Department spokesperson said.

China stepped up its creation of artificial islands last year, alarming several countries in Asia and drawing growing criticism from Washington. There have been recent tensions between the Chinese navy and the U.S. military around the Spratlys.



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