Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying’s Regular Press Conference on February 23, 2016
At the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Singapore will pay an official visit to China from February 28 to March 2.
Q: According to US media reports on February 22, satellite images released by the US think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, show that China may be building an advanced radar system on Huayang Jiao of the Nansha Islands. Can you confirm that? Why is China doing so?
A: I am not aware of the situation you mentioned. I want to stress that the reef you mentioned is an indisputable part of China’s territory. Construction by China on its own territory is totally within China’s sovereignty. By deploying limited and necessary defense facilities on relevant stationed islands and reefs of the Nansha Islands, China is exercising the right of self-preservation granted by international law to sovereign states. It is beyond reproach.
I suggest that instead of focusing only on whether or not China has deployed military facilities on islands and reefs of the Nansha Islands, the media should broaden their horizon and pay more attention to the light houses built by China on its stationed islands and reefs, as well as the facilities for meteorological observation and forecast, emergency shelter and rescue being built by China. All these are public services and goods offered by China to the international community as the largest coastal state in the South China Sea. We hope that the international community would not doubt China’s aspiration for and sincerity in peaceful development as well as peace and stability of the South China Sea. The Chinese side is ready to safeguard peace and stability of the South China Sea together with all parties…