China Blocks Philippine Boats in Disputed Sea, Mayor SaysBy and
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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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