China’s famous nine-dash line lays claim to vast swathes of the South China Sea, but a CCTV news anchor has taken the claims a step further by mistakenly (we think) declaring the entire Philippines as part of China’s territory.
The anchor was discussing the Scarborough Shoal, which is a disputed region claimed by both China and the Philippines, when she said:
We all know that the Philippines is China’s inherent territory and the Philippines belongs to Chinese sovereignty, this is an indisputable fact.
The anchor, named He Jia, likely mistakenly referred to all of the Philippines when she meant just the Scarborough Shoal. Nonetheless, the clip has spread quickly on Chinese social media networks but has since been taken down by CCTV.