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China south china sea philippines 2012 5 11

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The US and Vietnam, former foes, are now becoming military allies clamoring to reign in China's dominance in the South China Sea.
Reports of increasing combat readiness and tit-for-tat behavior in response to a territorial row with the Philippines.
Vietnam: Bejing's invitation to foreign oil firms "violation of Vietnam's sovereignty"
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China south china sea philippines 2012 5 11

The guided missile destroyer USS Chaffee (R) is seen anchored off Tien Sa port in the central city of Danang on April 24, 2012. US and Vietnamese sailors have been holding five-day 'non-combatant' naval exchange activities in the port city of Danang admid rising tensions in the South China Sea with China.