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International relations

US and China engage in 'war of words' over Myanmar and Philippines

Washington condemns meddling in region but Beijing says comments 'hypocritical'

China-occupied Subi Reef, part of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.   © Reuters

YANGON -- The U.S. and China have engaged in a diplomatic spat regarding Myanmar and the Philippines as China increases its influence in the Southeast Asian region.

U.S. diplomats across the region have launched attacks on Beijing's policies that is resulting in an escalating war of words.

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