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Tensions high between China, neighbors over South China Sea

China recently built an airstrip on this reef in the South China Sea.

MANILA -- The Philippines and Vietnam are beefing up their military presence in the South China Sea amid fresh concerns over China's island-building on disputed territory there.

     Easing tensions in the region is likely to be a major item on the agenda at several regional meetings scheduled for this week in Kuala Lumpur. Foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are slated to meet Tuesday. An ASEAN Regional Forum will be held Thursday, with the list of participants to include the 10 ASEAN members, the European Union, China, Japan, North and South Korea, Russia and the U.S.

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