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World China says it's entitled to keep watch over airspace surrounding islands

Following a reported exchange in which its navy warned off a US surveillance plane, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman said China was 'entitled to the surveillance over related airspace and sea areas so as to maintain national security and avoid any maritime accidents.'

Courtesy of U.S. Navy/Reuters

China said Thursday it is entitled to keep watch over airspace and seas surrounding artificial islands it created in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, following a reported exchange in which its navy warned off a U.S. surveillance plane.