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Beijing announced Tuesday that it has begun operating a lighthouse on the man-made island in the contested South China Sea that the U.S. sailed a warship near last October as part of its so-called freedom of navigation program.

The completion of the lighthouse on Subi Reef in the disputed Spratly archipelago comes amid growing tensions with other regional claimants as well as the U.S. and Japan over Beijing’s aggressive moves in the South China Sea.

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