Arroyo blames Aquino for China island-building

  The camp of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Thursday accused the Aquino administration of "provoking" China into building artificial islands in the South China Sea by submitting the territorial dispute between the two countries to international arbitration.   Speaking at a news conference with Arroyo and her former executive secretary, Eduardo Ermita, lawyer Estelito Mendoza said China had categorically stated that the Philippine case in the UN-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague had provoked it into building artificial islands, including on a shoal in the Kalayaan Island Group in the Spratly archipelago.   Three times, Arroyo, i...

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