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South China Sea dispute: What you need to know

25 May 2012 Last updated at 17:13 BST

Scarborough Shoal is a reef in the South China Sea which both China and the Philippines claim as their own territory.

Tensions have been rising recently between the two countries as the region is believed to be rich in oil and gas.

Ships from China and the Philippines have been confronting each other for more than a month.

Chinese state media has warned the Philippines that military conflict is possible but has denied its army is preparing for war.

BBC Chinese's Lily Wang explains why both sides are accusing the other of intruding on their territorial waters.