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South China Sea

Philippines set to fix airstrip on South China Sea island

Manila cements maritime defense position as China expands reach

A Filipino soldier patrols the shores of Pagasa island (Thitu Island) in the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines.   © Reuters

MANILA -- Philippines on Tuesday said it completed the construction of a beaching ramp on Thitu Island in the South China Sea, allowing it to proceed with runway repairs.

The development bolsters Manila's maritime defense position amid ramped-up efforts by Beijing to assert its expansive territorial claims in the South China Sea.

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