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China Ready if Escalation Arises in Scarborough Shoal

China ready for Philippines if there is escalation over the maritime standoff in the Scarborough Shoal.

Chinese officials are saying that the nation made all preparations to respond once the month long rift between China and the Philippines over territorial claims on the shoal, will flare up.

The two nations have been fighting for the shoal since April 8 when the Philippine Navy was blocked by the Beijing’s vessel from arresting crews of Chinese fishing boats that entered the Scarborough Shoal.

The Philippines argues the shoal is  within the 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone, as recognized by international law. But China claims that almost the whole of the South China Sea is its historical territory, even waters close to other countries’ coasts and hundreds of kilometers from its own landmass.


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