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China says can build what it wants on South China Sea isles

Published on Aug 4, 2014 6:50 PM
 
A Chinese Coast Guard vessel (right) passes near the Chinese oil rig, Haiyang Shi You 981 (left) in the South China Sea, about 210 km from the coast of Vietnam on June 13, 2014. China can build whatever it wants on its islands in the South China Sea, a senior Chinese official said on Monday, rejecting proposals ahead of a key regional meeting to freeze any activity that may raise tensions in disputed waters there. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China can build whatever it wants on its islands in the South China Sea, a senior Chinese official said on Monday, rejecting proposals ahead of a key regional meeting to freeze any activity that may raise tensions in disputed waters there.

Southeast Asian foreign ministers this week hold security talks with counterparts, including those from the United States and China, in Myanmar, with escalating tensions over maritime disputes in Asia likely to be a major issue.

The Philippines will propose a freeze on all activity that raises tension in disputed waters in the South China Sea as part of a three-part plan at the Asean Regional Forum meeting, Manila's foreign minister said last week.

The United States, a close ally and former colonial power in the Philippines, has also called on all parties to halt activity in the disputed sea to ease tension.

 
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