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South China Sea

Malaysia says China's maritime claims have no legal basis

Country uses language similar to US and Australia over South China Sea

A helicopter takes off from the U.S. Navy's USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier in the South China Sea on July 17.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- In a letter to the United Nations, Malaysia has stated that China's maritime claims in the South China Sea have no legal basis, potentially signaling that Kuala Lumpur is hardening its stance.

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