2014-11-24T103348Z_1_LYNXNPEAAN0BT_RTROPTP_2_PHILIPPINES-SOUTHCHINASEAChina on Monday hit back at “irresponsible remarks” from the United States which has called on Beijing to stop a land reclamation project in the disputed South China Sea that could be large enough to accommodate an airstrip. China lays claim to almost all of the entire South China Sea, believed to be rich with minerals and oil-and-gas deposits and one of Asia’s biggest possible flashpoints. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan also have claims. The comments by China’s foreign ministry signal that Beijing would firmly reject proposals by any country to freeze any activity that may raise tension. More