Filipino officials ban Chinese diplomat amid spat
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 05, 2011, 20:07
Manila: Philippine officials have banned a senior Chinese diplomat from meetings for alleged rude behaviour, in the latest fallout from a feud over the potentially oil-rich Spratly Islands, officials said on Tuesday.

Department of Foreign Affairs officials said 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 Li exhibited "conduct unbecoming of a diplomat" and that the embassy had been informed he would not be allowed to attend future meetings at the office.

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario has been informed about the incident, according to the memo.

The memorandum did not provide details of what happened at the meeting, but at least three senior Filipino diplomats said 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. T he diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity because they lacked authority to talk to reporters.


First Published: Tuesday, July 05, 2011, 20:07

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