China has started operating two lighthouses on a reef on the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea - stressing the move is out of concern for civilian safety - even as the United States continues to consider sending its warships close to China's artificial islands in the region.
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Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou admits fears for ties with Beijing if opposition DPP wins next election
Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou expressed concern yesterday over whether the status quo in the Taiwan Strait would be maintained as the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party stands a good chance of winning the presidential election in January.