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Vietnam slams China over construction of lighthouses

/ 12:42 PM October 14, 2015
South China Sea Vietnam

In this Oct. 9, 2015 photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, guests attend a completion ceremony for the construction of Huayang and Chigua Lighthouses in the disputed South China Sea. Vietnam on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015 slammed China over its construction of two lighthouses in the disputed South China Sea, saying the move violates Vietnam’s sovereignty and escalates tensions. AP

HANOI, Vietnam — Vietnam on Wednesday slammed China over its construction of two lighthouses in the disputed South China Sea, saying the move violates Vietnam’s sovereignty and escalates tensions.

Chinese state media reported last week that a completion ceremony was held for the lighthouses on Cuateron Reef and Johnson South Reef in the Spratly islands.

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The state-run Vietnam News Agency quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh as saying the construction “seriously violates Vietnam’s sovereignty … complicates the situation and escalates tensions.”

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He said Vietnam has protested China’s actions.

Xinhua says the lighthouses will help improve navigation in the area.

China has launched a massive land reclamation project on reefs in the South China Sea over the last 18 months, raising concerns in the region and in the United States.

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