Want China Times
By: Xinhua and Staff Reporter
The land reclamation project of China’s construction on some stationed islands and reefs of the
disputed Nansha (Spratly) islands, as planned, will be completed in the upcoming days, according to related authorities.
“Apart from satisfying the need of necessary military defense, the main purpose of China’s construction activities is to meet various civilian demands and better perform China’s international obligations and responsibilities,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said on Tuesday in a press release.
The obligations and responsibilities are in the areas such as maritime search and rescue, disaster prevention and mitigation, marine scientific research, meteorological observation, ecological environment conservation, navigation safety as well as fishery production service, Lu said.
After the land reclamation, China will start the building of facilities to meet functional requirements, Lu said. He stressed the construction activities on the islands and reefs fall within the scope of China’s sovereignty, which are “lawful, reasonable and justified.” [FULL STORY]