China comments on BBC’s ‘China’s Island Factory’ coverage of WPS

China Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying answered a question regarding BBC’s coverage of West Philippine Sea entitle, China’s Island Factory.

“China asserts indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and the adjacent waters, and China’s activities on relevant islands and reefs of the Nansha Islands fall entirely within China’s sovereignty and are totally justifiable.”

In the coverage, Rupert Wingfield-Hayes of BBC showed China’s current activities in Johnson South Reef.

Photo collage on development of Johnson South Reef done by China. PN/BBC

Photo collage on development of Johnson South Reef done by China. PN/BBC

“Along the new coastline I can see construction crews building a sea wall. There are cement-pumping trucks, cranes, large steel pipes, and the flash of welding torches,” Wingfield-Hayes said.

“On top of a white concrete blockhouse a soldier is standing looking back at us through binoculars,” he added. “I urge the skipper to get even closer, but a volley of flares erupts in the sky – it is a Chinese warning.”

In a press conference with China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, a reporter asked, “Is China’s large-scale reclamation work for business or military use?”

“As far as I know, the construction work China does on relevant islands is mainly for the purpose of improving the working and living conditions of people stationed on these islands,” Hua Chunying answered.

A follow up question was then raised, “Given the fact that those islands China works on are new islands, there is no way that construction on them is for improving the living conditions of inhabitants on those them. What are the true purpose and intention of China for doing this?”

“I have already answered your question,” the Chinese spokesperson said.