Philippines-China standoff could spin out of hand

Associated Press
Philippines-China standoff could spin out of hand

FILE - This July 20, 2011 file photo, captured through the window of a closed aircraft, shows an aerial view of Pag-asa Island, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands, in the South China Sea located off the coast of western Philippines. China's ambiguous territorial claims have brought it into a tense, 14-day high seas standoff with the Philippines over the Scarborough Shoal, another disputed territory among numerous islands, reefs and coral outcrops in the South China Sea, with rich fishing grounds and other resources. The impasse has reignited concerns about potential conflict in the South China Sea, one of the world's busiest seas lanes and home to a myriad of competing territorial claims, most notably the Spratly Islands, which are south of the shoal. (AP Photo/Rolex Dela Pena, Pool, File)

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