The Chinese foreign affairs ministry revealed today that reclamation and construction activities in West Philippine Sea will be finished in the coming days. “They are not targeted at any other country, do not affect the freedom of navigation and overflight enjoyed by all countries in accordance with international law in the South China Sea, nor have they caused or will they cause damage to the marine ecological system and environment in the South China Sea, and are thus beyond reproach,” Chinese foreign affairs ministry claims.
“It is learned from relevant Chinese competent departments that, as planned, the land reclamation project of China’s construction on some stationed islands and reefs of the Nansha Islands (Spratly Islands) will be completed in the upcoming days,” the Chinese ministry added.
The Chinese spokesman from the ministry added that facilities and structures built in West Philippine Sea will meet necessary military defense need.
Apart from satisfying the need of necessary military defense, he added that structures will also help maritime search and rescue, disaster prevention and mitigation, marine scientific research, meteorological observation, ecological environment conservation, navigation safety as well as fishery production service.
This announcement from China was made after international communities, including the G7, called to stop massive reclamation activities in disputed maritime territories.