Deployment of defense facilities on Nansha Islands to safeguard China's sovereignty and security

China Military Online
Yao Jianing

BEIJING, May 4 (ChinaMil) -- China said on Thursday that the peaceful construction activities on the Nansha Islands, including the deployment of necessary national defense facilities, are meant to safeguard China's sovereignty and security, which is also the rights a sovereign state is entitled to.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying made the remarks when responding to the US media reports that China for the first time deployed missile system in the Nansha Islands.

China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and the adjacent waters, Hua stressed.

The relevant deployment targets no one. Anyone with no invasive intention will find no reason to worry about this. We hope that the relevant party could view this matter in an objective and calm way, Hua said.

I must stress that China is a big country in terms of trade, and also a staunch champion of regional peace and stability. We will continue to work with all countries to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea, she added.

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