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Philippines scraps sandbar plan after China anger: defence chief

23:43 EST 7 Nov 2017 | Yahoo News

Philippines scraps sandbar plan after China anger: defence chiefPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered troops to scrap plans of building a fishermen's shelter on a sandbar in the disputed South China Sea after Beijing complained, his defence chief said Wednesday. The military in August had brought bamboo and palm roofing materials to the sandbar near one of their garrisons in the Spratlys archipelago before the president's intervention, Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said. "We tried to put some structures (on) one of the sandbars near our island and the Chinese reacted," Lorenzana told a regional security forum.


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