Beijing slams Simularity for 'demonizing' China

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 17) — China on Friday slammed US-based geospatial imagery firm Simularity over its report accusing Chinese vessels of dumping human waste in the Spratly Islands.

"For a long time, anti-China forces like this company have spared no efforts to produce lies and hype up the South China Sea issue to discredit and demonize China, create hatred and anti-China sentiments in the Philippines," the Chinese Embassy in Manila said in a statement.

The embassy also strongly condemned Simularity's "act of fabricating facts, violating professional ethics, and maliciously spreading fake news against China."

Simularity has said it is standing by its report on Chinese ships dumping human waste in the Spratlys. However, the report included an old photo of a ship taken in Australia, which was used by a local news organization without clearly stating it was not taken recently in the Spratly Islands.

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"Some foreign organizations issue a fabricated report, and then some irresponsible media follow up to spread fake news," the embassy said. "Finally, some anti-China forces use fake news to accuse and defame China."

The embassy maintained China is willing to work with countries, including the Philippines, "to eliminate interference and jointly maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea."