May 14, 2014 / 9:24 AM / 3 years ago

China says construction on reef disputed with Philippines "normal"

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's foreign ministry said on Wednesday that any construction on a reef in the South China Sea also claimed by the Philippines is normal, since the reef is Chinese territory.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the comment at a regular briefing, but she did not say whether any construction was underway.

The Philippine foreign ministry on Wednesday accused China of reclaiming land on a reef in the South China Sea and said it appeared to be building an airstrip.

Reporting by Megha Rajagopalan; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore

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