Tensions Flare Over South China Sea

    This aerial view of the city of Sansha on an island in the disputed Paracel chain, which China now considers part of Hainan province on July 27, 2012.  China has appointed military officers at a newly-established garrison in the South China Sea, state media reported on July 27 in the country's latest step to bolster claims to disputed islands in the area.         CHINA OUT      AFP PHOTO        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

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    On Saturday, the Philippines accused China of going back on their pledge to resolve the countries’ territorial disputes, calling China’s refusal to halt activities in the disputed waters of the South China Sea reflective of an “expansionist agenda.” Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said that China’s refusal contradicted a multilateral conflict-resolution framework that the country had signed over ten years ago. "They should have no problem with the plan—it’s positive, it’s constructive, it’s comprehensive,” del Rosario said. “If China doesn’t accept this proposition, then they are rejecting the agreement that they had signed.” China, meanwhile, expressed earlier on Saturday that it would not welcome calls for a moratorium on the country’s actions in the disputed waters.

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