In this March 7, 2021, photo some of the 220 Chinese vessels are seen moored at Whitsun Reef in the South China Sea. The Philippine government expressed concern after spotting more than 200 Chinese fishing vessels. Photo: Photo: Philippine Coast Guard/National Task Force-West Philippine Sea via AP In this March 7, 2021, photo some of the 220 Chinese vessels are seen moored at Whitsun Reef in the South China Sea. The Philippine government expressed concern after spotting more than 200 Chinese fishing vessels. Photo: Photo: Philippine Coast Guard/National Task Force-West Philippine Sea via AP
In this March 7, 2021, photo some of the 220 Chinese vessels are seen moored at Whitsun Reef in the South China Sea. The Philippine government expressed concern after spotting more than 200 Chinese fishing vessels. Photo: Photo: Philippine Coast Guard/National Task Force-West Philippine Sea via AP
Diplomacy

South China Sea: Beijing accuses Philippines of ‘hype’ over Chinese fleet at Whitsun Reef

  • China’s foreign ministry spokesman says his countrymen have sheltered in and fished the contested waters ‘for thousands of years’
  • Manila tones down criticism and warns of potential damage to China-Philippines relationship

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In this March 7, 2021, photo some of the 220 Chinese vessels are seen moored at Whitsun Reef in the South China Sea. The Philippine government expressed concern after spotting more than 200 Chinese fishing vessels. Photo: Photo: Philippine Coast Guard/National Task Force-West Philippine Sea via AP In this March 7, 2021, photo some of the 220 Chinese vessels are seen moored at Whitsun Reef in the South China Sea. The Philippine government expressed concern after spotting more than 200 Chinese fishing vessels. Photo: Photo: Philippine Coast Guard/National Task Force-West Philippine Sea via AP
In this March 7, 2021, photo some of the 220 Chinese vessels are seen moored at Whitsun Reef in the South China Sea. The Philippine government expressed concern after spotting more than 200 Chinese fishing vessels. Photo: Photo: Philippine Coast Guard/National Task Force-West Philippine Sea via AP
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