Follow us on TWITTER: twitter.com Like us on FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com A recent multinational dispute continues to escalate over control of South China Sea. The Philippine government protests against Beijing. Vietnam threatens with possible military actions. Beijing's official media commented, "China's restraint cannot be unlimited." Taiwan will station marines at the Spratly Islands. US Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned on June 4 of possible conflicts due to the territorial disputes. Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently on a press conference accused 3 Chinese patrol boats of interfering with its South Sea gas exploration, and claimed its navy would use all necessary means to defend Vietnam's territorial integrity. Beijing said the Vietnamese vessels were operating in Chinese waters and violating their agreements. It urged Vietnam to stop causing troubles. Vietnamese media then claimed that 4 fishing boats were threatened with gun shots by Chinese boats. On June 5, hundreds of demonstrators gathered at the Chinese embassy in Hanoi, protesting against China's violation of Vietnam's territorial sovereignty. Such protests are rare in this communist country. On June 1, Philippine Foreign Ministry protested against Beijing's building of military outputs and oil rigs on the disputed Spratly Islands. Beijing claimed the operations to be in China's waters. Philippine authorities said Chinese ships and planes entered Philippine waters near Spratly Islands 6 to 7 <b>...</b>
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