Spratly Islands

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Sprat·ly Islands

 (sprăt′lē)
An island group in the South China Sea west of Palawan. The archipelago, which has potentially extensive oil and natural gas deposits, is claimed in whole or in part by China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Brunei, and is uninhabited except for several military posts.
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Spratly Islands

(ˈsprætlɪ)
pl n
(Placename) a widely-scattered group of uninhabited islets and reefs in the S South China Sea, the subject of territorial claims wholly or in part by six neighbouring nations. Compare Paracel Islands
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China's actions on the West Philippine Sea, including its recent alleged missile testing in Kalayaan Islands, are meant to show their strength to former bullies, a political scientist said on Thursday.
Senator Panfilo Lacson aired this belief after Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Lu Kang said that Spratlys or the Kalayaan Islands are "within China's territory" despite the 2016 Hague ruling already disputing their claim.
In 2009, Congress enacted RA 9522 defining the archipelagic baselines of the Philippines, claiming sovereignty over the Kalayaan islands.
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