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‘No factual basis’ – China dismisses Philippines’ accusations in South China Sea dispute

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« China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Mao Ning, dismissed accusations made by the Philippines during a press conference held in Beijing on Thursday, stating that ‘The Philippines’ accusations have no factual basis.’
The Philippines had reportedly accused Chinese vessels of engaging in ‘dangerous manoeuvres’ in the South China Sea.
“The Philippines’ accusations have no factual basis. We urge the relevant party of the Philippines to stop creating political drama from fiction. If the Philippines truly cares about the ecological environment of the South China Sea, it should tow away the illegally “grounded” warship at Ren’ai Jiao as soon as possible, stop it from discharging polluted water into the ocean and not let the rusting warship bring irrevocable harm to the ocean,” Mao Ning said.
The dispute between the Philippines and China arose when the Philippine Coast Guard held Chinese maritime militia vessels responsible for the degradation of coral reefs in the South China Sea, particularly affecting the seabed of Rozul Reef and Escoda Shoal. These areas fall within the Philippines’ internationally recognised exclusive economic zone (EEZ), as reported by local media.
In other diplomatic news, Mao Ning announced an official visit to China by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ of Nepal.
“At the invitation of Premier of the State Council Li Qiang, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” of Nepal will pay an official visit to China from September 23 to 30. During his visit, Prime Minister Prachanda is scheduled to attend the Opening Ceremony of the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou on invitation,” stated the spokesperson.
Furthermore, Mao Ning addressed concerns about the safety of foreign diplomatic and consular missions and foreign nationals in China.
She noted that the Chinese embassy and consulates in Japan had received numerous harassing calls from numbers within Japan, disrupting their normal operations.
Mao Ning urged Japan to ensure the safety of Chinese institutions, companies, and nationals in Japan and to guide public perception appropriately without diverting attention from issues related to ocean discharge. »

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