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Protesters display placards outside the Chinese Consulate at the financial district of Makati city east of Manila Thursday, June 12, 2014, during a rally against recent reclamation and construction at Mabini Reef in the disputed Spratlys group of islands in the South China Sea. The protesters, who are allied with Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, marked the country’s Independence Day Thursday, with a protest rally against China’s aggressive moves to reclaim land in the South China Sea where the two countries are locked in an escalating territorial dispute. Figure in placard at left is Apolinario Mabini, a national hero. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

China reclaiming more land in disputed Spratly Islands

China has been reclaiming more land to bolster its military presence in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, where its increasing assertion of its territorial claims has brought it into standoffs with its neighbors, Philippine officials said Thursday. (AP)

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