Philippines To Raise China Dispute With US
The Philippines said it would officially take its concerns over an increasingly tense territorial dispute with China to the United States, its key military ally.
The Philippines and China have been locked in a standoff over competing claims to the Scarborough Shoal for more than two weeks with both sides stationing vessels there.
The Scarborough Shoal is a small group of islands in the South China Sea.
But with China ratcheting up the pressure, the Philippines has planned to seek counsel from the US during top-level meetings in Washington next week.
The Philippines' move could further anger China, which has insisted that the US should have no role in the dispute.
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