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General says China needs to arm South China Sea islands

AP  |  Beijing 

A Chinese general says needs to build defensive structures on islands in the Sea to display its claim to over virtually the entire crucial waterway.

However, the of China's Academy of Military Sciences, Lt Gen. He Lei, also declined to comment on aircraft deployments on artificial islands Chinese has built in the area, saying those were entirely China's domestic affair.

He met with Chinese and foreign journalists today on the sidelines of the annual session of China's ceremonial legislature, of which he is a member.

Earlier today, blamed "some outside forces" for stirring up trouble in the Sea, which is claimed in all or in part by and five other governments.

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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 19:55 IST