Flimsy Island Claims Risk Shipwrecking Asia Geopolitics

April 21, 2015 10:00 AM

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In wrangle to plant a flag on specks in South China Sea, protagonists include a fishing magnate looking for guano

Except for the fact that the South China Sea is now on the front lines of U.S.-China strategic rivalry, the exploits of “Admiral” Tomas A. Cloma Sr., a Philippine fishing magnate, might be no more than a whimsical footnote to history.

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