China's assertiveness over its claim to the South China Sea has rattled Vietnam and the Philippines the most, and sparked an arms race that is taking on a greater sense of urgency as more incidents arise. Two Chinese fighters allegedly entered Philippine airspace in May, an intrusion related to the disputed Spratly Islands. The same month, and in the same area of the South China Sea, the Philippine navy found wooden posts erected on Amy Douglas Bank, Reed Bank and Boxall Reef—all within ...


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