China to Take Scarborough Shoal Next?

War planners in Washington and Manila are increasingly concerned that Beijing is planning to reclaim and potentially garrison troops on Scarborough Shoal, a lonely atoll that China seized from the Philippines in 2012. So far, there is no physical evidence that dredging is actually under way, but Adm. John Richardson, America’s chief of naval operations, recently told reporters that he is seeing unusual increased ship activity near the Shoal including some survey ships.

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