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Tensions as Philippines and US conduct drills

• http://www.aljazeera.com
 The United States and the Philippines are conducting military
 
exercises in the South China Sea.
 
But the exercises are likely to raise tensions near the disputed Spratly
 
Islands, believed to be rich in oil and natural gas.
 
The islands could now determine the balance of power in the region
 
with the Philippines seeming to position itself as broker.
 

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