Why is China keeping quiet about its claim on this South China Sea island?

May 26, 2014 2:11 AM

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Why is China keeping quiet about its claim on this South China Sea island?

Taipei: Taiwan is building a $US100 million port next to an airstrip on the lone island it occupies in the disputed South China Sea, a move that is drawing hardly any flak from the most assertive player in the bitterly contested waters - China.

The reason, say military strategists, is that Itu Aba could one day be in China's hands should it ever take over Taiwan, which it regards as a renegade province.

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