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State Department Downplays Taiping Map Allegations

An unsourced map from a random website is insufficient documentation to overrule an international tribunal’s decision over the status of a small land mass in the hotly contested Spratly Islands, a top U.S. State Department official said on Thursday. That edict came down one day after Hong Kong-based Phoenix TV produced what it called a U.S. government map from 2010 recognizing Taiping, also known as Itu Aba, as an “island" and not a “reef” or “rock.” The television producers, it...

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