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(Commentary) U.S. should stop helping Philippines raise tensions in S. China Sea

2015-05-14 08:49:23       source:Xinhua News Agency

By Wang Bowen

May 13, 2015

"The Philippines' invitation to journalists to visit a Chinese island in the South China Sea and efforts to seek U.S. help are a sheer provocation, and the United States should not back it in any form.

Just as Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, the fact that the Filipino military invited foreign journalists to visit Zhongye Island, part of the Nansha Islands, by military aircraft on Monday demonstrates that the Philippines is the real rule-breaker and trouble-maker.

According to the international treaties that define the territory of the Philippines, Zhongye Island and other maritime features in the Nansha Islands have never been part of the Philippines, she said."

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