May 15, 2015 6:32 AM

On eve of Kerry visit, China chides US over South China Sea

The Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) China is reaffirming that it will defend its territorial claims in the South China Sea, on the eve of a visit to Beijing by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is expected to raise America's objections to Beijing's actions.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters Friday that China would take determined action in response to any threats or provocations.

Beijing this week responded angrily to a Wall Street Journal report which cited anonymous U.S. officials saying that Washington is considering sending military ships and planes to challenge Chinese claims to islands it is building in the South China Sea.

U.S. officials say Kerry will carry a message that China's large-scale land reclamation and general behavior in the South China Sea will hurt China's image and foreign relations.


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