New China island concerns

Move would pile pressure on new US administration.

China likely to build on reef near Philippines: minister

Manila expects China to try to build on a reef off the coast of the Philippines, the country’s defence secretary said Tuesday, adding this would be “unacceptable” in the flashpoint waterway.

In an interview with AFP, Delfin Lorenzana said he believed China would eventually reclaim Scarborough Shoal, just 230 kilometres (143 miles) from the main Philippine island of Luzon.

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