hina to remain steadfast protecting national security

First, China has undisputable sovereignty over islands and their s

urrounding waters in the South China Sea, backed by a wealth of historical and legal basis,” Shao said.

For a long period of time, various nations’ normal passage and flight in the region have never bee

n obstructed. “There is no issue over the freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea,” he said.

However, the US has frequently sent vessels and aircraft to trespass into Chinese maritim

e territory and airspace, and has conducted intense intelligence gathering and special drills in the region.

“These actions damage the peace and security of the region,”

Shao said. “As a result, the PLA has installed necessary defense equipment on the islands i

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