Philippines: If China builds on shoal, it would strain ties

Philippines: If China builds on shoal, it would strain tiesMANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' top diplomat said Thursday any move by China to transform a Manila-claimed shoal into an island would be a "game-changer" in blossoming relations, although he added that Beijing has pledged not to undertake any construction in the strategically located area of the South China Sea.



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