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China's swagger drives Southeast Asia closer to US

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A Chinese coast guard vessel, top, passes near a Vietnamese coast guard boat in the South China Sea, about 210km off the coast of Vietnam, last year.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- China is finding that nobody likes a pushy neighbor. Beijing's aggressive posturing in the South China Sea, where it is nursing territorial disputes with multiple Southeast Asian nations, is stirring up particular resentment in the region -- and pushing more countries into the waiting arms of the U.S.

Pushed too far

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