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MANILA -- Top U.S. and Philippine officials on Wednesday assailed China for its incessant reclamation work now on a "massive" scale in disputed waters of West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) in gross violation of a 2002 agreement that prohibits such reclamation activities.
Philippine Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Evan Garcia and Defense Undersecretary Pio Lorenzo Batino both described the Chinese reclamation work as “massive” and a blatant violation of an agreement among South China Sea claimants not to build new structures until a binding code of conduct is in place.
China's expansive claim to practically the entire South China Sea based on its nine-dashed line map conflicts with those of Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam. All claimants are in actual possession of islands or islets in the disputed Spratly chain of islands, reefs and atolls.
Russel stressed that the U.S. was concerned about "behavior that raises tensions, behavior that raises questions about China’s intentions."
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By IAN TIMBERLAKE
Saudi Arabia's elderly King Abdullah died on Friday and was replaced by his brother Salman as the ruler of the world's top oil exporter and the spiritual home of Islam.