Beijing rebukes US over South China Sea islands row

US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) speaks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi prior to their meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing on May 16, 2015China’s foreign minister told top US diplomat John Kerry on Saturday that Beijing was “unshakeable” in its defence of sovereignty, as tensions between the powers mount over Chinese island-building in strategic but disputed waters. The United States is weighing sending warships and surveillance aircraft within 12 nautical miles — the normal territorial zone around natural land — of artificial islands that Beijing is building in the South China Sea.

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