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Philippine defense chief in verbal tussle with China on reef

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MANILA, Philippines — An annoyed Philippine defense chief renewed a request on Saturday for dozens of Chinese vessels to travel a Manila-claimed reef within the South China Sea, and said he would not be fooled by Chinese assertions that the vessels had been taking refuge from noxious climate.The Chinese Embassy shot support at what it called a “perplexing observation” by Protection Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and insisted that the vessels had the precise to take refuge in what it said turned into once Chinese territory. “No one has the precise to originate wanton remarks on such activities,” it said.The strangely hostile public alternate stemmed from the sighting early final month by the Philippine trip guard of more than 200 Chinese vessels, which Lorenzana called “militias,” at the Whits...