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Game on for China, US ahead of South China Sea ruling

The Philippines asked an international court to rule on the status of features China claims

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When a US guided missile destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of a Chinese-claimed island in the disputed South China Sea last month, it set off a volley of protests from Beijing. "The US is challenging and provoking the new maritime order by wielding its military power," Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said. China's defense ministry said it would bolster its capabilities in the area as needed. The resumption of US "freedom of navigation operations" in the South China Sea - with three since October after a three-year hiatus - reflects the global focus on a ...

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First Published: Fri, June 03 2016. 00:09 IST