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Philippine officials say China's island-building is still in full swing in 2 disputed reefs


PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines — Philippine officials say China has continued with its major island-making work in at least two reefs in the South China Sea's Spratly island chain, casting doubt on a Chinese pronouncement that some of its massive construction in seven sites there would end soon.

Mayor Eugenio Bito-onon said Friday that he flew near the Subi Reef on a private plane as he was about to land at a nearby Philippine-occupied island more than a week ago and he saw that Chinese construction was in full swing with many dredgers and a huge crane visible on the emerging man-made island.

Two senior Philippine military officials say that China's island-building has continued at another site, called Mischief Reef, based on recent surveillance flights.

Chinese Embassy officials did not immediately issue any reaction.

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