China says relevant activity in South China Sea is justified and normal

March 10, 2023 - 6:19 PM
An aerial view of Iroquois Reef, frequented by Filipino fishermen and part of the Philippine 200-mile exclusive economic zone, in the South China Sea, March 9, 2023. (Reuters/Eloisa Lopez)

 China said relevant activity in the South China Sea is justified and normal, a spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry said on Friday when asked about Chinese vessels near Philippines islands.

Reuters reported on the latest simmering tensions between the two countries.

—Reporting by Joe Cash; Writing by Bernard Orr