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THE GREAT WALL OF SAND

China’s building spree on remote islands in the South China Sea has its worried neighbors turning to Washington

IT WAS NO coincidence that the leak came just a week before Defense Secretary Ashton Carter set forth in April on a high-profile trip to Asia, which would include a helicopter flight to a U.S. aircraft carrier sailing through disputed waters in the South China Sea. According to a detailed account in the Navy Times, the U.S. Pacific Command’s chief, headquartered in Honolulu, has become increasingly agitated not just by China’s boldness in installing military facilities on islands it has constructed in the South China Sea—in waters claimed by other countries—but also at what the commander perceives to be a wholly inadequate U.S. response to Beijing’s behavior.

ISLAND GRAB: The Chinese consulate in Manila got an earful from protesters angry about Beijing building an island off the coast of the Phillipines.
NOEL CELIS/AFP/GETTY
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