China envoy says projects in PH ‘lawful and beyond reproach’

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MANILA, Philippines — The participation of Chinese firms in projects in the Philippines is “legitimate, lawful and beyond reproach,” Beijing’s top diplomat in Manila said Tuesday.

China-led projects in the Philippines will all push through as planned, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian said even after the US announced sanctions against several Chinese firms involved in Beijing’s island-building in the South China Sea.

Similarly, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. recently said he would “strongly” recommend the termination of contracts between the Philippine government and Chinese companies involved in reclamation activities in the disputed waters.

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The Philippine Daily Inquirer, popularly known as the Inquirer, is an English-language newspaper in the Philippines. Founded in 1985, it is often regarded as the Philippines' newspaper of record.

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