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US and the Philippines start naval drills near China-claimed waters
The United States and the Philippines kicked off joint naval exercises Thursday in the South China Sea near waters claimed by Beijing, amid tense territorial rows between China and its neighbours.
Filipino military officials said the week-long manoeuvres, involving three US warships and more than a thousand servicemen, would address Manila's "capability gaps" as well as testing its newest military vessels.
The Philippines is engaged in a bitter territorial dispute with China over parts of the South China Sea, which Beijing claims almost in its entirety.
China has increasingly asserted its claims to the sea, which are believed to harbour vast oil and gas deposits, and parts of which are also claimed by Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan. Beijing placed an oil rig in disputed waters last month, sparking deadly anti-China riots in Vietnam.
to read more: news.yahoo.com
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