An aerial photograph taken through a glass window of a Filipino military plane shows the alleged ongoing land reclamation by China on Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea west of Palawan, Philippines, May 11, 2015. Reuters/Ritchie B. Tongo/Pool

IBTimes: Chinese Media Say Military Confrontation Over South China Sea 'Inevitable' If US Tries To Stop Island Reclamations

SHANGHAI -- Chinese state media have sent another sharply worded message to the United States, amid continuing tensions over China’s reclamation of land around islands it says are part of its territory in disputed waters in the South China Sea -- as China's foreign ministry said it had lodged a formal complaint with Washington over U.S. surveillance flights over the islands.

Last week China's military issued warnings to a U.S. surveillance plane to leave the area, and following reports of continuing U.S. ship, air and submarine patrols in the area, the official Global Times newspaper said on Monday that one of China's “bottom lines” was that “the reclamation of these islands must be finished 'no matter what.'”

WNU Editor: The Chinese .... by issuing this statement .... are also warning their neighbors.

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