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Beijing under military pressure after U.N. ruling

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>> A wave of nationalism may have swept China after its claims in the South China Sea were rejected by UN court. But so far Beijing doesn't seem to want much more than peaceful talks to find the solution. And for some sections of the military that just isn't enough.
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Reuters revealing that the government is coming under increased pressure from the forces to defend its claims on the water. Ben Blanchard has been speaking to sources close to the Chinese military.>> The received wisdom here has always been that China is at some point bound to declare air defense identification zone over the South China Sea.
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It could include permanent Air Force bases for example and some of it's new runways down there. There's even been some suggestions that China should be arming bombers that it sends to the South China Sea patrol with cruise missiles that could hit Manila or Hanoi.>> Even though China rejects the Hague ruling, the military sees it as a serious loss of face, and points the finger at the US for meddling in Asian affairs.
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Still, the majority seem to think that going toe to toe with Washington probably isn't a good idea.>> There really doesn't seem to be any appetite to take on the US Navy or Air Force. Because there is a realisation in China that the technological prowess of China just simply isn't there yet.
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And they could come away much the worse for any kind of encounter with the Americans.>> However much pressure President Xi Jinping is feeling from the military, it's unlikely he'll take action before China hosts the G20 summit in September. But some experts say the next chapter of the South China Sea saga could unfold soon after, before the US votes in its next president.