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China, US gear up for ruling on South China Sea claims

They have embarked on a diplomatic and public relations frenzy before the ruling, expected within months

China's South Sea Fleet taking part in a drill in the South China Sea. US officials have said that they are concerned China is taking actions that are too minor to prompt a response, but which over time equate to substantial change.

Hong Kong

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...

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