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South China Sea

Philippines and China intensify war of words over South China Sea

Manila slams Beijing anew for not withdrawing ships in disputed waters

This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows Chinese vessels in the Whitsun Reef located in the disputed South China Sea on March 23. (Maxar Technologies via AP)

MANILA -- The Philippines on Monday accused Beijing of promoting a "false narrative" of its "illegitimate" claims in the disputed South China Sea, marking Manila's latest move in a weekslong feud that has strained diplomatic ties.

Philippine and Chinese embassy officials have been locked in a war of words since last month over the presence of nearly 200 Chinese ships which were first detected in the Whitsun Reef before spreading out to other areas in the disputed waters.

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