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China Upgrades Telecom Services on Disputed Islands

A Chinese navy contract to upgrade telecom services on islands in the disputed South China Sea confirms the Beijing government’s intent to step up its control of the waterway for gains in research, exploration and military coordination, analysts say. A naval fleet has signed agreements with the three biggest telecom operators to upgrade the “civil communication system” in the Paracel and Spratly island chains, the official Xinhua News Agency said Friday. The islets and reefs will get 4G...

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