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United States National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien is under fire from China for  “sowing discord” between China and the Philippines over statements related to tensions in the South China Sea.

The Chinese Embassy in Manila was referring to O’Brien’s speech at the Department of Foreign Affairs on Monday, where he said the US will support the Philippines in asserting control over the South China Sea. The occasion marked the US’ donation of military equipment worth $18 million (about P868 million) to the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

“He blatantly accused China on no ground, grossly interfered in China’s internal affairs, deliberately exaggerated regional tensions and attempted to sow discord between China and the Philippines,” the Chinese embassy said in a statement late Monday night.In his speech, O’Brien said, “We stand with the Philippines in protecting your sovereign rights, your offshore resources and all those rights that are consisted with the international law.” SOVEREIGNPH

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