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Philippines plans major renovations in Spratlys

Philippines plans major renovations in Spratlys

The Philippines is planning a major renovation of an airport and other facilities on an island it occupies in the disputed Spratlys archipelago.
The South China Sea islands are surrounded by rich fishing grounds and are believed to have large oil and natural gas reserves. China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei also claim all or part of the island group.
Brig. Gen. Jose Mabanta said Tuesday government representatives will soon make an inspection trip to the main island in the Kalayaan Island Group _ Manila's name for the Spratlys.
The archipelago straddles busy sea lanes, crucial conduits for the oil fueling China's fast-expanding economy and those of other Asian nations.
The conflicting claims occasionally erupt into armed confrontation.


Updated : 2021-10-22 16:10 GMT+08:00