South China Sea

In this April 2015 file photo, a US Navy amphibious assault vehicle takes part in an exercise with the Philippine military at a beach facing the Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. Photo: AP

Manila expects China to build on Scarborough Shoal

Manila expects China to try to build on a reef off the coast of the Philippines, the country’s defence secretary said Tuesday, adding this would be “unacceptable” in the flashpoint waterway.