Senior Chinese Diplomat Banned from Talks in Manila

 

A senior Chinese diplomat has been banned—from meetings in Manila for alleged offensive behavior—in the latest spat over the South China Sea disputes.

Philippine’s foreign ministry officials said Chinese First Secretary Li Yongsheng raised his voice at a Filipino officer last month. The incident happened during a dialogue about the Chinese regime infringing on Philippine-claimed waters surrounding the Spratly Islands.

According to the Associated Press, the Philippine’s Asian and Pacific Affairs office issued the ban in a memorandum.

The memo stated Li displayed, (quote) “conduct unbecoming of a diplomat.”

But on Wednesday the Chinese Embassy in Manila ignored the ban.

The two countries are seeking a peaceful way to resolve the long-standing sea disputes that have flared up recently.

The Philippines foreign affairs secretary is expected to raise the issue during his two-day visit to China.

 

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