Before the Philippines came out with its three-part documentary series on the West Philippine Sea, China had aired an eight-part documentary in 2013 to gain sympathy and consolidate its claims in the disputed sea.

This was revealed by multi-awarded TV5 news anchor Lourd de Veyra, host of the DFA-produced documentary entitled “Kalayaan” (Freedom), in reaction to an accusation by China on Monday that the Philippines was spreading misinformation and “creating the illusion of the victim” by airing its three-part series.

De Veyra related that in parts of China’s 2013 documentary aired on its state-run CCTV network, “The Journey on the South China Sea.” Chinese soldiers stationed to guard the Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea were portrayed as crying.

Unfortunately, links to such video have remained elusive.

Yup, that’s Chinese hypocrisy for you. Slamming construction works when they themselves are doing the same thing.

But have you wondered why China has been holding on to the West Philippine Sea?

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Saturday that if China changed its position on claims over the South China Sea, it would shame its ancestors, while not facing up to infringements of Chinese sovereignty there would shame its children.

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