Limited defense facilities on Nansha Islands have nothing to do with militarization: FM
People's Daily Online
(People's Daily Online) 17:48, February 17, 2016
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday said China's limited, necessary defense facilities on Nansha Islands of the South China Sea are in accordance with international law, which endows any sovereign state with the rights of self-protection and self-defense.
The facilities are therefore indisputable and have nothing to do with militarization, Wang said.
Wang made the remarks at a press conference after meeting with his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop in Beijing.
He stressed that non-militarization in the South China Sea serves the interest of all parties concerned, but the principle should be used to hold all parties - instead of any single country - accountable, and there should be no double or multiple standards regarding the matter.
The minister also expressed hopes that the media can pay more attention to the civilian facilities China has built and is going to build on relevant islands and reefs, which are the public goods provided for the international community by China as the largest state along the South China Sea coast.
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