Manila says China starts dredging at another reef in disputed waters

February 5, 2015 11:23 AM

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MANILA (Reuters) - China has started dredging around the disputed Mischief Reef in the South China Sea, a Philippine navy commander said on Thursday, signaling Beijing may be preparing to expand its facilities in the area.

Last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping tried to set Southeast Asian minds at ease over the country’s regional ambitions, but Beijing's reclamation work in the Spratlys underscore its drive to push claims in the South China Sea and reassert its rights.

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