Want China Times
By: Staff Reporter
China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a press conference on June 16, the sole agenda of which was
to answer questions on the country’s land reclamation on reefs and islands in the South China Sea, according to Duowei News, a media outlet run by overseas Chinese.
A 400-word press release published on the ministry’s website stated, “In line with the plan already in place, China will soon finish land reclamation on several reefs and islands in the Nansha [Spratly] islands.” It went on to say “After land reclamation is complete, the next stage will be construction to fulfill various functions.”
China has been producing over 100 square kilometers of land a year through land reclamation, according to Duowei.
The Spratlys are a disputed island group in the resource rich South China Sea, claimed in whole or in part by China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei and Malaysia. [FULL STORY]