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US, allies slam Chinese island-building

The United States, Australia and Japan today denounced Beijing’s island-building and militarisation of the South China Sea, in contrast to the increasingly tepid response from Southeast Asian nations over the festering issue.China claims nearly all of the sea, through which USD 5 trillion in annual shipping trade passes and which is believed to sit atop vast oil and gas deposits.Its sweeping claims overlap with Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei — all members of the 10- nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bloc — as well as Taiwan.But in recent years Beijing has m
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