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Chinese tabloid presses for war vs the Philippines

CHINESE SHIPS. The Philippines belies China's claim it pulled out most of its vessels from the disputed Scarborough Shoal.

An editorial in the Global Times, a tabloid newspaper owned by the ruling Communist Party, is pushing for a “small-scale war” against the Philippines over its recent Scaroborough Shoal dispute. The article goes: “Once the war erupts, China must take resolute action and deliver a clear message to the outside world that it does not want a war, but definitely has no fear of it. Nevertheless, such a war cannot put the South China Sea issue to an end.” Political tension between both countries escalated this week after both countries have engaged in a standoff, with both countries refusing to pull out ships from the area amid promises that they would.

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