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Rivals play down China's overture in S.China Sea, no breakthrough

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Reuters) - Philippine Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario walked into a regional security forum this week to hear his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi reel off a list of complaints against Manila for stirring tensions over the South China Sea.Full story

China agrees South China Sea talks amid new row with Manila

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Reuters) - China agreed to hold formal talks with Southeast Asian nations on a plan to ease maritime tensions on Sunday as the Philippines accused it of causing "increasing militarization" of the South China Sea, one of Asia's naval flashpoints. Full story

China media warns Philippines of 'counterstrike' in South China Sea

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's state media warned on Saturday that a "counterstrike" against the Philippines was inevitable if it continues to provoke Beijing in the South China Sea, potentially Asia's biggest military troublespot. Full story

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Protesters hold up placards during the "Global Day of Action" protest against China's claims in the South China Sea, in Makati city

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Protesters take part in the "Global Day of Action" protest against China's claims in the South China Sea, in Makati city
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A boy looks on as protesters take part in the "Global Day of Action" protest against China's claims in the South China Sea, as they gather in front of the Chinese consular office in Makati city, metro Manila July 24, 2013. Civil society groups on Wednesday demanded China respect Philippine sovereign