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New construction in the South China Sea begins as China’s defense chief meets a Vietnam navy commander

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  • China begins new work on disputed South China Sea island / Reuters
    New satellite images appear to show that China has started new construction work on islands in the Paracel archipelago (西沙群岛 xishā qúndǎo), which are also claimed by Vietnam. The work includes “land clearing and possible preparation for a harbor to support what experts believe may be eventual military installations.” Meanwhile, Xinhua reports that Chinese defense minister Chang Wanquan 常万全 met today with Pham Hoai Nam, commander of the Vietnam People’s Navy, “with the two sides vowing development of military-to-military relations.”

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