US rejects China’s offer over disputed islands

Peace and Freedom

Building facilities on South China Sea islands ‘will not contribute to peace and stability in the region’ even if these were used for civilian disaster response purposes, as proposed by China, says the US State Department

AFP

File photo of Pag-asa Island, part of the disputed Spratlys group of islands in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea)

File photo of Pag-asa Island, part of the disputed Spratlys group of islands in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea)

WASHINGTON DC, USA – The United States on Friday, May 1, swiftly rejected a suggestion by a top Chinese military official who said that disputed South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) islands could be used for international rescue and relief operations.

Beijing has been roundly criticized by the West for construction work on islands in the South China Sea, including the building of an airstrip and other structures.

The Wall Street Journal and other US news organizations, citing a report on the Chinese Defense Ministry website, said Admiral Wu Shengli made the…

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