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2There was “no such thing” as man-made is­lands in the dis­puted South China Sea, China’s De­fense Min­istry said, and re­it­er­ated that any build­ing work was mainly for civil­ian pur­poses. China, which claims most of the re­source-rich re­gion, has car­ried out land recla­ma­tion and con­struc­tion on sev­eral is­lands in the Spratly ar­chi­pel­ago, parts of which are also claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philip­pines, Tai­wan and Viet­nam. The build­ing has in­cluded air­ports, har­bors and other fa­cil­i­ties. But min­istry spokesman Wu Qian im­plied that was per­haps a mis­un­der­stand­ing, though he said there was con­struc­tion work which China had ev­ery right to do as the Spratlys were in­her­ent Chi­nese ter­ri­tory. “There is no such thing as man-made is­lands,” Wu told a reg­u­lar monthly news brief­ing.

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