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Chinese Navy Ship Floated off Disputed Shoal

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A Chinese navy ship that ran aground Wednesday in disputed waters near the Philippines was refloated Sunday and is heading home.  A statement from China's defense ministry said its personnel are safe and the ship sustained light damage.

The vessel was in the South China Sea when it struck Half Moon Shoal in the Spratly Islands, about 110 kilometers off the western Philippine island of Palawan.  The shoal is within the Philippines' 370-kilometer exclusive economic zone, in an area believed to be rich in mineral deposits.

The Philippines, China, Taiwan, Brunei, Malaysia, and Vietnam each claim all or part of the Spratly Islands.  The dispute marred the annual meeting of Southeast Asian foreign ministers last week in Cambodia, where Manila's chief diplomat accused China of "duplicity" and intimidation.

The Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs says it is monitoring the situation and is investigating the circumstances that led to the ship grounding.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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by: John Yang from: OH
July 17, 2012 9:09 AM
china is a nation of lie and thief. They said one thing and do opposite with it.They stole the US and the world Technology.and Invade smaller country nearby. The international nations should destroy china by break it to a smaller country and stop their military power.Down to china

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by: tin from: vn
July 17, 2012 11:15 PM
It's correct. Bravo!!!

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by: Shelley from: CA
July 17, 2012 1:19 PM
Do you think America never stole Chinese technology before? btw, don't ever forget how many loans America owes China!


by: Cả Thộn from: Hà Nội
July 16, 2012 3:41 PM
Supprise to know America has so many book worms who are out of touch with reality. China has more than 1.3 bil. mouths to feed, their land doesn't produce enough food and they go out to rob all sea food and minerals under sea bed at much weaker nations' territorial warters around South China Sea for now and further south later. That's their core determination.

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by: Dicken from: VN
July 17, 2012 12:57 PM
We have no permanent partners or enemies on the world. In each stage or based on each regime, we are friends or not!

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by: CK from: Saigon
July 17, 2012 3:16 AM
You guys forgot that VN once considered the US as their enemy and now they turn their face toward China and come close to the US. How can other countries believe VN when they act like this? They are now considered as the bootlicker.


by: kannan mahathevan from: Norway
July 16, 2012 4:33 AM
It's the fault of the Western civilization that had led to all these disputes and quarrels, for when they were totally immersed in the so called war on terror disguising their original motive of fighting the Islamic civilization of the middle east in preference for the safe gourds of the Jewish state, China clandestinely setup all the things needed for a showdown, ironically with the wealth acquired through the sale of cheap goods and services to the same Western world. Now, China is in a position to challenge, intimidate and override the decisions of the West. Just or unjust tomorrow is the day of China! Anybody an everybody should learn to live with this fact, it's more than obvious that Chineseis going to be the world communicative means instead of English of today.

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by: Anon from: world
July 16, 2012 12:27 PM
Maybe you westerners forgot the evil your own forefathers brought upon smaller states, colonizing them and changing their names....India, the Indies, Morroco, Somalia, Ethiopia, Palestine, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan, Malaysia, Indonesia, entire South American continent and on and on, and you dare blame the Chinese for claiming a few islands

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by: Anonymous
July 16, 2012 8:44 AM
This is why world needs to unite and contain chinese wild dogs.


by: Anonymous
July 15, 2012 8:40 PM
Communist China. Get Out. These islands are NOT yours. Get your head out of the gutters ! STOP bullying smaller nations in the region.

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by: Anonymous
July 16, 2012 1:07 AM
You get out of here.
What said this island isn't theirs?
Who have the right to judge the island belonging to who.


by: Tony from: Cali
July 15, 2012 3:08 PM
China's trickery is to give other countries' territories Chinese names and then claim sovereingty over those lands, making undisputed lands disputed. One day the Chinese government will say that Europe and U.S.A. used to belong to China.

If you read the book “Death by China – Confronting the Dragon – A Global Call to Action” by Peter Navarro and Greg Autry, you will see the TRUE FACE of the Chinese government.

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by: Anonymous
July 16, 2012 3:37 AM
You should know that the book is written by someone, it's not as objective as it is. If you believe all the stuff described on book, then you don't need self-conscious at all. One important function of the mass media is that they shape the mind of public like you!! I am not saying who is absolute right or who is absolute wrong, But at least give comments like that before you understand both standpoint of the affairs.

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by: Anonymous
July 16, 2012 3:07 AM
Wow it is so funny! You have overestimated Chinese abilities. To be frank, China is just a developing country now, and its people are not very happy these days because of high prices and low payments. So the Chinese government usually focus on developing rather than invasions nowadays.

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by: Anonymous
July 16, 2012 1:02 AM
An honest man who respects the truce may realize THE CHINA SOUTH SEA and its affiliated islands have been China’s inherent territory since ancient times, and China owns undisputable sovereignty over them.

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by: Aeris from: America
July 15, 2012 11:28 PM
Of course he is silly. Because ignorance is such devastating. He knows nothing but he thinks he knows everything, which is obviously stupid. Chinese government has been too gentle and warm in foreign policies, unlike powerful U.S.

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by: Anonymous
July 15, 2012 6:32 PM
We all know but doing nothing.

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by: Han from: Croatia
July 15, 2012 5:10 PM
You have no idea about what is going on. You just read some books and you think you know the truth.


by: Anonymous
July 15, 2012 8:53 AM
China giant leaps don't have giant quality, both products and personels.

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by: Anonymous
July 17, 2012 1:28 PM
If your country has GIANT quality of products and personels, dont use Chinese products or talk impolitely.


by: Samurai from: Japan
July 15, 2012 8:34 AM
Chinese sailing skill is so poor that its boat ran aground. Even so, China says it doesn't hesitate a ship war against Japan. Maybe, Chinese forgot its fleet was compleltely beaten by Japanese fleet in Meiji-erra. Japanese navy is well trained and ready to get rid of greedy, robber-like Chinese.

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by: Tin from: VN
July 17, 2012 11:25 PM
I' m for you and yours, Samurai!!!

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by: Zixuan Guo from: China
July 17, 2012 1:40 PM
Don't forget what happened during 1937-1945. We kicked you out, oh, btw, w/ help from US. And can you remember how Japanese armies started the war? They said they lost one soldier in Beijing so they, thousands of soldiers, entered Beijing w/o any permission. Then they killed innocent people! They thought they would end the war really quick but we Chinese resisted for 8 years! In 1942, Japanese attacked the Pearl Harbor resulting in the U.S. bombed 2 cities in Japan. YOU should know that if you want more, you will lose more! So, don't ever say those islands belong to Japan!

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by: Anonymous
July 16, 2012 3:32 AM
If you just open your eyes and read more history, you should know how much bad things Japanese had done on Chinese nation, that feeling is not only comes from the government but also the whole nation. You didn't get objective view of the issue because you didn't stand on Chinese point of view, because your brain has been washed since you were born.

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by: 哈哈 from: CHINA Ningbo
July 16, 2012 1:29 AM
Some day ,Japanese pirates will be beaten completely byChinese ! Attacked by a future Great Quake and Tsunami, the whole Nipponese islets may sink into the Pacific Ocean, greedy Japanese pirates to feed the dolphins and whales!

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by: FENG from: USA
July 16, 2012 1:23 AM
Japanese, be careful

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by: god from: china
July 15, 2012 11:00 PM
I hate any militarism,especially like Japanese who say this words.

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by: Temujin from: SD
July 15, 2012 9:57 PM
Japan has no choice but to form security and military alliances with a like mind allies and friends in the region to keep this greedy and irresponsible china in check. Japan must get rid of guilt and shy defense postal mindset to returning Mejii era with America on your side to cover your back. It is in the best interests for both America and Japan to turn both powerful Philippines and Vietnam into powerful allies, both in economically and military.

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by: Anonymous
July 15, 2012 1:24 PM
who knows if "intended" aground at that point

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