What is China’s ‘magic island-making’ ship?

China has unveiled a new dredging ship capable of creating islands such as those Beijing has already built in the disputed South China Sea.

Described as a “magical island-maker” by the institute that designed it, the vessel was unveiled on the eve of US President Donald Trump’s tour of Asia.

China has been accused of creating artificial islands in the South China Sea to bolster its claims over the contested waters. The strategic sea is also claimed by Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.

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