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Beijing dismisses criticism of South China Sea buildup

Belligerent opening salvo to annual political pageant

JOYCE HO, Nikkei staff writer | China

BEIJING -- As its annual political shindigs known as the "two sessions" got under way, Beijing reiterated its sovereignty over the South China Sea with a steely determination.

"The South China Sea is China's inherent territory," Wang Guoqing, spokesman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, told reporters at the Great Hall of the People on Thursday. "Building amenities on our land, including necessary defense facilities, is absolutely normal."  He also added that "it's a sovereign right recognized by international law."

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