China takes over Jackson Atoll from Philippines

According to reports from 2 March 2016, Chinese vessels have taken over control over Jackson Atoll (Spartly Islands) from Philippines.

The atoll is not populated and had not been protected by Philippines. However, it has strategic significance, since it is located on the route between Philippines and other Spartly Islands under the Philippines’ control further west.

Jackson Atoll and various states’ control over Spartly Islands:

Jackson Atoll takeover

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