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Philippines to table action plan over China sea rows

Published on Aug 1, 2014 6:01 PM

MANILA (AFP) - The Philippines said Friday it would table a "triple action plan" at a regional meeting to ease tensions and resolve rows between China and rival claimants to the strategic South China Sea.

China claims most of the sea, even waters close to the shores of its neighbours, and tensions have heightened in recent months over what is perceived as the Asian giant's increasingly aggressive moves to assert those claims.

China's deployment of a deep-sea oil rig in South China Sea waters also claimed by Vietnam led to clashes between Chinese and Vietnamese vessels in May and triggered deadly riots across Vietnam that targeted Chinese people and foreign-owned businesses.

"These tensions have strained relations among countries, increased levels of mistrust, and heightened the dangers of unintended conflict in the region," said a Philippine foreign department statement outlining the plan.

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