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US toughens its stance against Chinese aggression in South China Sea

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In a statement this week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the world will not allow Beijing to treat the South China Sea as its “maritime empire.” Bonnie S. Glaser, senior director for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, joins The World’s Carol Hills to discuss the significance of this policy shift and what it means for China-US relations. 

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An aerial photo shows alleged land reclamation by China on Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, May 2015. China has reportedly deployed missiles on another disputed South China Sea territory, Woody Island in the Paracel chain.

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A Chinese J-11 fighter jet is seen flying near a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon about 215 km (135 miles) east of China's Hainan Island in this U.S. Department of Defense handout photo taken August 19, 2014.

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A Chinese fighter came “within 20 feet” of a US Navy surveillance plane last week in an incident Beijing is denying even took place. But the US says it has photos of the incident, which is just the latest in a series of dangerous mid-air showdowns between American and Chinese planes.