Say it ain't so!
The Philippines on Thursday put on display dozens of ancient maps which officials said showed that China's territorial claims over the South China Sea did not include a disputed shoal at the centre of an acrimonious standoff.
The Philippines is in dispute with China over parts of the South China Sea, including the Scarborough Shoal, an area believed to be rich in oil and natural gas as well as fisheries resources. ...
"We should respect historical facts, not historical lies," said Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, who has done extensive research on the territorial disputes.
China took Scarborough Shoal in June 2012, insisting it has historically been China's property.
I'd just like to point out that World War II began as local conflicts--many predating the officially recognized start of it in September 1939--around the world that eventually brought in enough countries involved in these overlapping conflicts to justify calling all of them collectively "World War II."
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