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China moves to create fait accompli in South China Sea

Monday’s Yomiuri claimed that China’s recent announcement that it has established two new districts to administer artificial islands in the South China Sea is intended to create a fait accompli in its effort to change the status quo by force. China announced on Saturday that it has created two new districts to administer the Paracel Islands and the Spratly Islands, according to the paper. Yomiuri wrote that countries in the region will likely react strongly to a Chinese move that seemed timed to their being pressed to respond to the new coronavirus.

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