Land reclamation sweepstakes

2023.11.22
Land reclamation sweepstakes Cartoon by Rebel Pepper
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Under a major expansion plan in the disputed South China Sea, Vietnam has nearly doubled its newly reclaimed areas in one year, according to a U.S. think tank report. The addition of 330 acres (9133.5 hectares) of land in the Spratly archipelago over the past year and 420 acres (170 hectares) reclaimed in 2022 is just a quarter of the land created by China in its huge expansion a decade ago, but it makes Hanoi second only to China in land reclamation among multiple claimants in the contested waters.

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