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However, the vice president 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.
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