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U.S. publicly challenges China's moves in disputed islands
U.S. publicly challenges China's moves in disputed islands

The U.S. military has begun to carefully but publicly challenge Chinese island-building on disputed reefs and shoals in the South China Sea, creating fresh tension in a potential global tinderbox as both countries shift forces into the area. In the latest incident, a Chinese military dispatcher demanded repeatedly that a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft leave as it flew near Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands, where China has dredged hundreds of yards of coral and sand and built an airstrip on what it claims is sovereign territory. "Foreign military aircraft, this is Chinese navy. You are approaching our military alert zone. Leave immediately," the Chinese...

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