Extracts from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang’s Regular Press Conference on May 21, 2018
Q: In response to the takeoff and landing of the Chinese Air Force’s H-6K bomber in the South China Sea last week, the Pentagon said that China’s continued militarization only serves to raise tensions and destabilize the region. The Philippine Foreign Department also said it had expressed concern through diplomatic channels. What is your response?
A: The South China Sea Islands are China’s territory. The relevant military activities are the normal training of the Chinese military and there is no need for other parties to over-interpret that.
As to the so-called “militarization” mentioned by the US, the normal training on our own territory is totally a different thing from certain country’s threat to others by sending military vessels and aircraft to this region from thousands of miles away.
With regard to the specifics of this training, China’s military has issued a readout and I would like to refer you to that.