China Blocks Philippine Boats in Disputed Sea, Mayor Says

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In this March 29, 2014 file photo, a China Coast Guard vessel attempts to block a Philippine government vessel.

Photographer: Bullit Marquez/AP Photo

China has stationed ships near a submerged reef in the South China Sea, blocking access by Philippine boats to fertile fishing grounds in the area as it steps up efforts to assert claims to more than 80 percent of one of the world’s busiest waterways.

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