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China's Great Wall of Sand

China is building harbors and airstrips in the Spratlys. The U.S. needs to be clearer about what is and isn't acceptable.

A Chinese vessel at the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.

Source: Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs via AP

China is building new harbors and airstrips on various reefs and atolls in the Spratly Islands -- facilities that, Beijing confirms, will be used for military as well as civil purposes. The U.S. and its allies in the region need to weigh their response with care.

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