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PHL defense chief says China fabricating sea claims over PHL maritime territory

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PHL defense chief says China fabricating sea claims over PHL maritime territory

MANILA, Philippines (AFP) — China’s “nine-dash line” used to claim most of the South China Sea is a fabrication, the Philippine defence minister said, as he accused Beijing of illegally occupying Filipino maritime territory. The remarks late Sunday come amid a fresh row between Manila and Beijing over the disputed Scarborough shoal, which has long been a flashpoint between the two countries. The Philippine foreign ministry last week lodged a diplomatic protest over what it […]