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Punish Philippines over U.S. ties, Chinese paper says

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:07 p.m. HST, Feb 22, 2012

More than 1,000 of Okinawa's Marine contingent could be moved to Hawaii, officials said. Okinawa-based Marines participated in joint exercises with their counterparts in the Philippines in October.

BEIJING >> An official Chinese newspaper says Beijing must punish the Philippines economically for proposing closer military ties with Washington.

The nationalist tabloid Global Times, published by the Communist Party's People's Daily, said Sunday that China must pressure Manila to abandon cooperation with the U.S.

China and the Philippines, along with other nations, are locked in a territorial dispute in the South China Sea, and Beijing sees the U.S. as an unwelcome interloper in that dispute.

U.S. and Philippine officials agreed last week to increase cooperation in various areas including maritime security and defense. The Philippines said it is considering more joint military exercises and a greater presence by American troops.

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