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With the war in Afghanistan and the recent Sri Lankin onslaught against the Tamil Tigers, you could be forgiven for missing another  potential flashpoint in southeast Asia. In March of this year, a US maritime surveillance ship sailing near Hainan Island, south of mainland China, found itself surrounded by Chinese naval vessels. China accused the US of having violated international law by conducting surveillance activities in waters where China claims jurisdiction, while the…

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