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Philippines, US to Hold Naval Drills Near Disputed Shoal

Philippine and American troops are set to hold naval exercises this month near a disputed shoal, which will almost certainly anger China with tension already high in the South China Sea.   China claims 90 percent of the South China Sea, potentially rich in oil and gas and fisheries.   The Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam and Taiwan also claim parts of the waters, and China has viewed with suspicion what it sees as U.S. moves to “provoke” tension by supporting its regional...

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