The Chinese government-selected Panchen Lama, Gyaincain Norbu (right), took part in the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing on March 14. Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In this file photo, Philippine navy personnel and congressmen land at a rock that is part of Scarborough Shoal bearing the Philippine flag that was earlier planted by Filipino fishermen. Jess Yuson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In South China Sea Dispute, Filipinos Say U.S. Credibility Is On The Line

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Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin speaks during a conference at the State Council Information Office on Wednesday in Beijing. VCG via Getty Images hide caption

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A U.S. Marine amphibious assault vehicle makes its way to shore after leaving an amphibious transport dock ship during a landing exercise on a beach at San Antonio in the Philippines' Zambales Province on April 21, 2015. The exercise was part of annual Philippine-U.S. joint maneuvers and took place some 137 miles east of the Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Will Hague Tribunal's South China Sea Ruling Inflame U.S.-China Tensions?

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Small fishing boats sit in the dock in Tanmen on Hainan Island. The government has subsidized the upgrading of Tanmen's fishing fleet as part of its drive to exert more control in the South China Sea. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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In A Chinese Port Town, South China Sea Dispute Is Personal

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Ten Years is an independent film featuring five separate stories that imagine what Hong Kong would be like in 2025. One is about a pro-democracy protester who immolates herself in front of the British consulate. Courtesy of Golden Scene hide caption

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Former Secretary of the Central Secretariat of the Communist Party of China Ling Jihua, seen here in 2013, was found guilty of accepting bribes and allowing his wife and son to benefit from corruption. Lintao Zhang/Getty Images hide caption

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Taiwan's Navy Chief of Staff Mei Chia-shu discusses the inadvertent launching of a missile during a news conference in Taipei Friday. Taiwan Ministry of National Defense hide caption

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