China has defended its work on islands in the Spratlys chain, saying the construction and land reclamation is designed to improve weather forecasts. Photo: EPA

Beijing says controversial work in South China Sea aimed at 'better weather forecasts'

Ahead of US talks, Beijing says building facilities in disputed waters is part of obligation to region

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China has defended its work on islands in the Spratlys chain, saying the construction and land reclamation is designed to improve weather forecasts. Photo: EPA
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