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South China Standoff

South China Standoff

Growing tensions between Beijing, Manila over disputed fishing waters could lead to conflict

BY: Bill Gertz
May 11, 2012 5:00 am Tensions between China and the Philippines remain high and U.S. officials say the likelihood Beijing will take some type of military action is growing. Meanwhile, the Obama administration has taken a hands-off approach to the dispute over a 10-mile square South China Sea lagoon called Scarborough Shoal and is not vocally supporting Manila in its dispute over fishing rights. One worrying sign was China’s dispatch this week of five warships, including a 20,000-ton amphibious…