MANILA denied Friday China’s claim that Japan and the Philippines ganged up against China at a regional security forum this week on the disputed South China Sea.
Foreign Affairs spokesperson Charles Jose said there was no team-up between Japan and the Philippines, saying it was simply what the two countries saw was happening in the South China Sea.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had said the two countries were ganging up on China and insisted that Beijing, which has been on a reclamation binge in disputed areas of the South China Sea, was not impeding the freedom of navigation in the contested waterway.
The Palace said that the Philippines and Japan merely shared common beliefs.
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