Anger over Philippine South China Sea documentary

BEIJING: China accused the Philippines of spreading misinformation and “creating the illusion of the victim” in their dispute over the South China Sea after Manila aired a three-part documentary defending its position.

The first part of the documentary series titled Karapatan sa Dagat, or maritime rights, was released as the Philippines observed Inde­pendence Day on June 12.

“The Philippines is attempting to mislead and deceive, gain sympathy by cheating and create the illusion of the ‘victim’,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said in a statement on the ministry's website. He accused the Philippines of aiming to incite the people of the two countries.

Tit-for-tat rhetorical exchanges between the Philippines and China over the South China Sea dispute have escalated in recent months.

Last week, a Defence Ministry spokesman accused the Philippines of trying to draw other countries into the dispute to stir up regional tensions after Japan joined a military drill with the Philippines.

The Philippines had said the documentary was intended to inform its people and to rally public support behind government policies and actions.

China has become increasingly assertive in the potentially energy-rich South China Sea, building artificial islands in areas over which the Philippines and other countries have rival claims. The moves have sparked alarm regionally and in Washington. — Reuters

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