Fact check: Is there a hidden Chinese military base in the Philippines?

Fact check: Is there a hidden Chinese military base in the Philippines?

- A social media post claimed that there is a secret Chinese military base in the Philippines

- The post said that the base could be found in Zambales

- However, it has been reported that the claim is misleading

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Some social media posts circulated online, claiming that there has been a Chinese military base being kept secretly in the Philippines.

However, KAMI learned that this claim is false.

In a report by French news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP), the social media post the alleged Chinese military base could be found in Zambales.

“Breaking Story: Hidden Chinese Military Base with Alleged Missile Silos Found in Zambales,” it read in the headline.

“While many Filipinos know of China’s construction of military bases in six different reef areas inside the Philippines’ exclusive 200 mile economic zone in the West Philippines Sea, they are unaware that China has clandestinely build a ‘Deep Underground Military Base’ in Zambales, the province nearest to Scarborough Shoal in the Philippines,” it said in the post.

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Meanwhile, China has military facilities in some parts of the South China Sea, including the disputed Scarborough Shoal.

AFP made a reverse image search and found out that the post was misleading.

The photo of the tunnel used was actually the Gotthard Base Tunnel in the Swiss Alps.

Fact check: Is there a hidden Chinese military base in the Philippines?

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Fact check: Is there a hidden Chinese military base in the Philippines?

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A post on Flick also showed the same photo and described it as the Gothard Base Tunnel.

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