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This handout photo taken on February 28, 2013 and received from the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on April 13, 2015 shows an aerial shot of a structure after a large-scale reclamation by China on the Chinese-held Johnson South Reef -- also claimed by the Philippines and Vietnam -- in what is part of the disputed Spratly chain. The Philippines released photographs on May 15, 2014 to back its claim that China was reclaiming land on the disputed reef, known as Mabini Reef in the Philippines, in the South China Sea in an apparent effort to build an airstrip. Beijing reaffirmed its right to build on disputed islands in the South China Sea on April 9, 2015 after new satellite imagery emerged of construction operations further south in the Spratly islands at Mischief Reef, turning tropical reefs into concrete artificial islands. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan all have overlapping claims in the area. AFP PHOTO / Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs
This handout photo taken on February 28, 2013 and received from the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on April 13, 2015 shows an aerial shot of a structure after a large-scale reclamation by China on the Chinese-held Johnson South Reef -- also claimed by the Philippines and Vietnam -- in what is part of the disputed Spratly chain. The Philippines released photographs on May 15, 2014 to back its claim that China was reclaiming land on the disputed reef, known as Mabini Reef in the Philippines, in the South China Sea in an apparent effort to build an airstrip. Beijing reaffirmed its right to build on disputed islands in the South China Sea on April 9, 2015 after new satellite imagery emerged of construction operations further south in the Spratly islands at Mischief Reef, turning tropical reefs into concrete artificial islands. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan all have overlapping claims in the area. AFP PHOTO / Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

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