Chinese work on Yongshu, or Fiery Cross Reef, in the Spratly Islands. China and the Philippines are among a number of countries involved in territorial disputes over these and other islands in the South China Sea. Photo: SCMP Pictures
Chinese work on Yongshu, or Fiery Cross Reef, in the Spratly Islands. China and the Philippines are among a number of countries involved in territorial disputes over these and other islands in the South China Sea. Photo: SCMP Pictures
Chinese work on Yongshu, or Fiery Cross Reef, in the Spratly Islands. China and the Philippines are among a number of countries involved in territorial disputes over these and other islands in the South China Sea. Photo: SCMP Pictures

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Chinese work on Yongshu, or Fiery Cross Reef, in the Spratly Islands. China and the Philippines are among a number of countries involved in territorial disputes over these and other islands in the South China Sea. Photo: SCMP Pictures
Chinese work on Yongshu, or Fiery Cross Reef, in the Spratly Islands. China and the Philippines are among a number of countries involved in territorial disputes over these and other islands in the South China Sea. Photo: SCMP Pictures
Chinese work on Yongshu, or Fiery Cross Reef, in the Spratly Islands. China and the Philippines are among a number of countries involved in territorial disputes over these and other islands in the South China Sea. Photo: SCMP Pictures
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