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China and Philippines in island spat
Trip by Filipino officials to one of the disputed Spratly Islands termed "provocation" by Chinese.
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2011 21:58

Tensions are once again on the rise between the Philippines and China over a disputed island chain in the South China Sea.

The flare-up started when four Filipino politicians visited Pagasa, one of the contested Spratly Islands.

Chinese officials have declared the visit an act of provocation, adding another chapter to the long-simmering feud over the deserted, but potentially resource-rich, archipelago.

Al Jazeera's Marga Ortigas reports from Manila on the tensions.

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