Philippines airs program about sea disputes with China


MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government broadcast a television program on Friday aimed at boosting public opposition to China’s increasingly assertive moves to press its territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea.

The broadcast of the first episode of a three-part series, titled “Freedom,” on the state-run TV network coincided with the Philippines’ independence day.

The 22-minute video, which was also posted on government websites, focuses on the economic impact of China’s actions, including its 2012 seizure of a disputed shoal where Chinese coast guard ships have chased away Filipino fishermen.

The broadcast reflects increased enmity among claimants in the South China Sea, which Beijing claims virtually in its entirety. The U.S. military has increased surveillance flights over the waters to reassure allies territorially at odds with Beijing.


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