China will not halt construction in South China Sea: Navy chief

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on May 21, 2015.
Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on May 21, 2015.PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China will not halt the construction of islands and reefs in the South China Sea, state media reported the head of China's navy saying on Monday (July 18).

China will not leave outcroppings under construction half finished, state-run Xinhua news agency reported the admiral as saying.

(This story is developing.)