BEIJING, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman said on Thursday that the country's use of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, over Huangyan Island, the Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters is "justified and legal," and warned that China opposes any military provocation in the South China Sea.
Yang Yujun made the remarks at a monthly press briefing in response to comments by a Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) spokesman that Chinese drones may be shot at if they enter the above-mentioned airspace.
China has indisputable sovereignty over Huangyan Island, the Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters, Yang responded.
"Therefore, Chinese aircraft' flying in the airspace in question is justified and legal," he said.
China's State Oceanic Administration said on Sunday that China will promote the use of drones to strengthen the nation's marine surveillance, and step up efforts to enhance its surveillance of the islands and islets including the Diaoyu and Huangyan.
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According to the Administrative Order (AO) 29 signed by Philippine President Benigno Aquino III on Sept. 5, the West Philippine Sea includes the Luzon Sea as well as the waters around, within and adjacent to Nansha Islands, called "Kalayaan" by the Philippines, and Huangyan Island or "Bajo De Masinloc" used by the Philippines. Full story
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BEIJING, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying said Sunday that China has consistently attempted to resolve the South China Sea issue through friendly negotiations between sovereign countries directly concerned on the basis of historical facts and universally recognized international law.
Fu made the remarks in an interview with Xinhua on the relations between China and the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Full story