May 1, 2015 / 5:39 PM / 2 years ago

U.S. says China's activity in South China Sea won't help peace

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Friday that China’s activities building on reclaimed land in the South China Sea do not contribute to peace in the region, regardless of how the facilities are used.

Chinese coastguard ships give chase to Vietnamese coastguard vessels (not pictured) after they came within 10 nautical miles of the Haiyang Shiyou 981, known in Vietnam as HD-981, oil rig in the South China Sea July 15, 2014. REUTERS/Martin Petty

China has said the United States and other countries would be welcome to use civilian facilities it is building for search and rescue and other purposes. State spokesman Jeff Rathke said the U.S. position is that this activity does not add to regional stability.

Reporting by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Susan Heavey

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