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Philippines, US to hold war games near South China Sea

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The Philippines and the United States will begin war games near disputed South China Sea waters this week, showcasing fast-expanding military ties and likely further stoking tensions with China. 

US marines take part in simulated boat raids during an annual joint Philippine-US military exercise on April 15, 2013.

The annual exercises, which involve 2,300 marines from both sides, will take place amid the backdrop of ongoing negotiations to further increase an American military presence and the deployment of its hardware in the former US colony.

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