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US, Philippine marines launch South China Sea drills

US and Philippine marines take positions during a beach assault exercise in San Antonio, Zambales province, on May 9, 2014San Antonio (Philippines) (AFP) – Scores of US and Filipino marines launched mock assaults on a South China Sea beach in the Philippines Friday, as a row escalates between Beijing and its smaller neighbours over the strategic waters. The drills, part of annual war games between the two countries, came after Vietnam said its vessels were rammed by Chinese ships protecting a deep-sea oil rig in disputed waters off Vietnam’s coast. The flare-up — which saw counter-accusations from Beijing which said its own vessels had been repeatedly attacked — sparked concern from Japan, the United States, and the European Union about deteriorating security in the region. The US-Philippine exercises — involving about 5,500 troops — included Friday’s drills on a beach about 220 kilometres (135 miles) from Scarborough Shoal, which China took control of two years ago after a stand-off with the much-weaker Philippine forces.

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