06-04-17: Philippines deploy troops to South China Sea

By Anya Palm

“It looks like everybody is making a grab for the reefs there, so we better live on those that are still vacant”, says the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, explaining his decision to deploy troops on unoccupied islands in the South China Sea.

The Philippine Defence Department inform that Mr. Duterte intends to build various facilities on nine reefs in the area.

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