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At first glance from above it looks like any clean and neatly planned small town, complete with sports grounds, neat roads and large civic buildings.

But the town is on Subi Reef in the Spratlys archipelago of the hotly contested South China Sea. And regional security experts believe it could soon be home to China’s first troops based in the maritime heart of Southeast Asia.

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