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    Filipinos, Vietnamese Protest China in Manila

    Filipino activists and Vietnamese nationals display placards and chant anti-China slogans as they march outside the Chinese Consulate in Manila's Makati financial district, May 16, 2014.
    Filipino activists and Vietnamese nationals display placards and chant anti-China slogans as they march outside the Chinese Consulate in Manila's Makati financial district, May 16, 2014.
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    Filipinos and Vietnamese residents in the Philippines have staged a joint protest against China's incursions into South China Sea territories claimed by their countries. 
     
    More than 100 protesters picketed the Chinese consulate Friday in the capital, Manila, demanding that China stop oil drilling in waters claimed by Vietnam.
     
    Chinese and Vietnamese ships have been locked in a standoff since China deployed an oil rig last month in a part of the South China Sea that Vietnam claims is within its exclusive economic zone. The two sides have attacked each other with water cannons, raising fears of an armed military clash.
     
    Manila is protesting Chinese land reclamation on a reef that it says is Philippine territory. 
     
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told the Chinese military's chief of staff, General Fang Fenghui, in Washington Thursday that Beijing's actions in the South China Sea are dangerous and provocative. Biden told Fang that China must not undermine security and peace.
     
    The dispute has led to anti-Chinese protests in Vietnam, including a riot at a Taiwanese steel plant that killed a Chinese worker and injured 149 other people.
    • While riot police stand by, workers board a Chinese ship at Vung Ang port, Ha Tinh province, Vietnam, May 19, 2014. 
    • Hundreds of Chinese workers leave Vietnam on ships chartered by their government after deadly unrest broke out last week, Vung Ang port, Ha Tinh province, Vietnam , May 19, 2014.
       
    • Anti-Vietnam protesters throw eggs at a Chinese frigate placed on top of a Vietnamese flag during a protest defending China's territorial claim and condemning Vietnam's anti-Chinese protests, in Hong Kong, May 19, 2014.
       
    • Anti-Vietnam protesters hold posters with slogans and a map of the South China Sea during a protest defending China's territorial claim and condemning Vietnam's anti-Chinese protests, in Hong Kong, May 19, 2014.
    • A police officer uses a speaker to order pedestrians, including journalists, to leave a closed area near the Chinese embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam, May 18, 2014. 
       
    • Vietnamese authorities forcibly break up a small protest against China after anti-Chinese rampages in two Vietnamese cities turned violent, Hanoi, Vietnam, May 18, 2014. 

       
    • Vietnamese expatriates shout in front of the Chinese consulate in Makati to protest the recent moves by China to construct an oil rig near the Vietnamese-claimed Paracels, May 16, 2014.
    • Police face off with demonstrators dressed as green sea turtles protesting recent poaching by China during a rally in front of the Chinese consulate at the financial district of Makati city, Philippines, May 16, 2014.
    • Protesters, wearing green sea turtle costumes, picket the Chinese consulate at the financial district of Makati city, Philippines, May 16, 2014.
    • Philippine activists and Vietnamese nationals display placards and chant anti-China slogans as they march outside the Chinese consulate in Manila's Makati financial district, May 16, 2014.

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