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Asia Pacific Philippines stares down China in South China Sea dispute (+video)

The Philippines filed a legal case with the UN Sunday over contested islets, despite China's threats of retaliation for the campaign. 

By Staff writer / March 31, 2014

Erik De Castro/REUTERS

The Philippine government is refusing to yield in a territorial standoff with China. Braving threats of retaliation, Manila lodged its legal case with a United Nations tribunal on Sunday, challenging Beijing’s sovereignty claims in the South China Sea and raising the stakes in a longstanding dispute.