ASEAN hits China’s island-building

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ASEAN hits China’s island-building


Southeast Asian leaders warned at a regional summit Monday that Chinese island-building efforts in the disputed South China Sea risk undermining “peace, security and stability” in the region. Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member-states Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei claim parts of the sea, which is rich in energy reserves, fishery resources, and is a vital conduit for much of world trade. Beijing says nearly all of it is “indisputable” Chinese maritime territory. Satellite photos released earlier this month provided fresh evidence of the scale of the Chinese program.

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