China, U.S. Vie for Supporters Before South China Sea Ruling

  • U.S. naval operation latest in flurry of pre-ruling posturing
  • Duterte’s election is wild card for dispute resolution

Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea.

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China and the U.S. are pulling out all the stops before a court ruling on China’s territorial claim to a large part of the South China Sea, with a flurry of diplomatic and military activity across Southeast Asia in recent weeks.

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