Dredgers deposit sand on the northern rim of the Mischief Reef, located 216 km (135 miles) west of the Philippine island of Palawan, in this Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative satellite image taken on February 1, 2015 and released to Reuters on April 9, 2015. China on April 9, 2015 sketched out plans for the islands it is creating in the disputed South China Sea, saying they would be used for military defence as well as to provide civilian services that would benefit other countries. The annotation on the photo is by CSIS’s Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative. REUTERS/CSIS’s Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/Digital Globe/Handout TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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