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Sea tensions erupt in diplomatic corps
Department of Foreign Affairs officials said on Tuesday that Chinese Embassy First Secretary Li Yongsheng, who heads its political section, raised his voice at a Filipino officer last month while discussing Philippine allegations of Chinese intrusions in Manila-claimed areas in the Spratlys.
A memorandum from the department's Asian and Pacific Affairs office said Mr Li exhibited 'conduct unbecoming of a diplomat' and that the Chinese embassy had been informed he would not be allowed to attend future meetings at the Philippine office.
Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario has been informed about the incident, according to the memo, which was seen by The Associated Press.
The memorandum did not provide details of what happened at the meeting, but at least three senior Filipino diplomats said Mr Li raised his voice in an offensive manner during a discussion of Manila's claims that Chinese forces intruded into Philippine territorial waters in and near the Spratlys. The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity because they lacked authority to talk to reporters.
The Chinese Embassy said on Wednesday it would not react to anonymous statements.
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