A satellite image provided by Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative shows construction work carried out by China on Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly island chain in the South China Sea. Photo: Associated Press

As tensions ease, China keeps building on disputed islands

South China Sea given less coverage amid North Korea nuclear weapons row, but China is quietly building up its presence in the disputed waters during lull, say researchers

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A satellite image provided by Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative shows construction work carried out by China on Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly island chain in the South China Sea. Photo: Associated Press
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