Construction is visible on the Vietnam-controlled Southwest Cay, in the Spratly Islands. Photo: Reuters
Construction is visible on the Vietnam-controlled Southwest Cay, in the Spratly Islands. Photo: Reuters

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South China Sea: what are rival claimants building on islands and reefs?

  • China, Vietnam and the Philippines occupy the most features in the contested waters, and many of their claims overlap
  • All three countries are expanding their presence and building military facilities

Knowledge |   Asia’s territorial disputes
Construction is visible on the Vietnam-controlled Southwest Cay, in the Spratly Islands. Photo: Reuters
Construction is visible on the Vietnam-controlled Southwest Cay, in the Spratly Islands. Photo: Reuters
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