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China daily raises armed clash possibility in S China Sea

TROUBLED WATERS: Chinese Coast Guard vessel passing near the Chinese oil rig Haiyang Shi You 981 in the South China Sea last month. About US$5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year though the waters.


CHINA should prepare itself for military confrontation in the South China Sea, an influential Chinese paper said on Tuesday, a week ahead of a decision by an international court on a dispute there between China and the Philippines.

Tensions have been rising ahead of a July