China says its land reclamation work in the South China Sea is “totally justifiable” as it has “sovereignty” over the area.
Its foreign affairs ministry spokesman Hua Chunying was responding to a BBC report which documented China’s construction work in disputed waters.
The Philippines has accused China of illegal building in the area.
China is locked in a dispute with several countries over maritime claims in the South China Sea.
The BBC report by Rupert Wingfield-Hayes said China was building new islands on five different reefs.
He and his team documented Chinese work to dredge tonnes of rock and sand from the sea floor to pump into Johnson South reef in the Spratly islands, which are also claimed by Manila.