first_imgThe Pentagon was watching the developments closely, a defence official told the news channel.”The US continues to call on all claimants to halt land reclamation, construction, and militarisation of features in the South China Sea,” the official said.In the past two years, China has built over 3,000 acres of territory atop seven reefs in the area. There are a total of three runways built on three of the artificial islands, the report said.China has said that it has a historical right to all of the South China Sea. Taiwan and ASEAN members Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines also claim land features in these potentially resource-rich international shipping lanes. PTI CPS NSA AKJ CPSlast_img read more