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In a message to the rapper, Financial Times journalist Eli Meixler denied writing the false report quoting him in the YouTube video.
claim: The United States fired cruise missiles against a Chinese warship near floating barriers installed in the South China Sea.
Why we fact-checked this: A YouTube channel called “Marine Corps” with 119,000 subscribers posted the video on September 29. It currently has 78,285 views, 1,000 likes and 114 comments.
The video is titled “China Panic! “US cruise missiles hit Chinese warship near floating obstacles in South China Sea.”
It featured a news article by journalist Eli Meixler, who reportedly wrote about the incident US Defense Report,
“As part of a significant increase in tensions in the South China Sea, the United States has reportedly launched a series of cruise missiles targeting a Chinese warship close to strategically important floating obstacles,” the report said.
fact: In a message exchange with Meixler, financial Times The journalist denied writing any such report and said “definitely nothing happened.”
“I did not write any such article. And I’m pretty sure that didn’t happen [as] This will be the leading news on every website right now! I don’t write either US Defense Report” Mexler told Rappler.
Meixler is Asia World News Editor financial Times, He covers politics, economics, diplomacy, business, environment and social affairs.
Missile Launch: There have been no reports of recent US missile launches in the South China Sea, the latest news being during the Balikatan exercises in April 2023. In the said military exercise, US and Philippine forces fired missiles and bombs to sink an old Philippine Navy warship representing an enemy ship.
Chinese Floating Barriers: On September 25, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) removed floating barriers installed by the Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) at Bajo de Masinloc (Panatag Shoal) in the West Philippine Sea, part of the South China Sea within the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines. Area.
This was on the orders of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to remove 300 meters of floating obstacles considered a “hazard to navigation”.
The floating obstacles were discovered by PCG and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources personnel during routine maritime patrol on September 22. BRP Datu Banka,
According to PCG spokesman Jay Tarriella, three rigid hull inflatable boats of the CCG and a service boat of the Chinese Maritime Militia deployed the floating barriers.
The installation of the barriers is one of the latest incidents of Chinese hostility against the Philippines, as Beijing pushes to invalidate a 2016 arbitral award in Manila’s favor. Meanwhile, the US has continued to express its support for the Philippines and said China should stop its “routine harassment” and abide by the arbitral tribunal’s decision.
Rappler has published several fact-checking articles on claims about US-China relations:
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