Two Chinese surveillance ships near the Scarborough Shoal on 10 April
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Oil and gas reserves feed South China Sea tensions

Tensions have been rising between China and the Philippines over a territorial dispute in the South China Sea.

Chinese state media has warned the Philippines that military conflict is possible over a stand-off at a disputed reef, the Scarborough Shoal, off the Philippine coast.

The region is believed to be rich in oil and gas, as Tony Regan from the consultancy Tri-Zen International in Singapore explains.

  • 14 May 2012