China, Vietnam, Philippines press maritime claims

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June 7, 2011
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"A U.S. military presence in the South China Sea can help protect rights of smaller countries, the Philippines said on Tuesday, as China pressed its claim to a long-disputed ar[c]hipelago. ... Manila has accused China of intrusions into its territory, citing six instances, including one in March when two Chinese patrol boats tried to ram a survey ship. ... Tensions in the South China Sea have also risen between China and Vietnam. Last month, Vietnam accused Chinese patrol boats of harassing an oil-exploration ship conducting a seismic survey 120 km (80 miles) off Vietnam's south-central coast." (06/07/11)  

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