October 14, 2015 / 7:24 AM / in 2 years

China says has not militarized South China Sea

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has not militarized the South China Sea, but there are certain countries which keep flexing their muscles who should stop hyping up the issue, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy in this May 21, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters

Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the comments at a daily news briefing after U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the United States military would sail and fly wherever international law allowed, including the disputed South China Sea.

Reporting by Megha Rajagopalan; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Nick Macfie

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