BBC News – China bangs the war drum over South China Sea

War talk, it seems, is all the rage in China at the minute.

Yes, there are serious people in serious publications seriously advocating war.

You might have missed it during all the fuss about Chen Guangcheng, but, for a month now, China has been embroiled in an increasingly bellicose dispute with the Philippines.

So what is going on? Well, strange as it may seem, the two stories may be connected.

At the heart of the issue is what is called Scarborough Shoal by the Philippines and Huangyan Island by China, a little more than 100 miles (160km) from the Philippines and 500 miles from China.

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BBC News – China bangs the war drum over South China Sea

Notice the guy in the photo about to burn a picture of the Filipino flag and US flag.

Continuing China coverage of the Scarborough Shoal incidents(s) here.

China's Claim to the South China Sea