China has urged the Philippines to remove a ship which serves as a military outpost in the disputed South China Sea.

The Philippines said Tuesday it would repair the Sierra Madre which is at a shoal also claimed by China. A Reuters report said the Philippines also plans to revive a former US naval base in Subic Bay.

China has been reclaiming land and building facilities on reefs in the area angering its neighbours.

The US has called on all claimants to halt such activities which have ratcheted up tensions in the region.

The Philippines has taken China to a United Nations tribunal for arbitration over their overlapping claims. (