China feuds with EU, UK, Canada envoys over comments on WPS

25/03/2021 11:00:00 PM

MANILA, Philippines — More countries have raised alarm over actions that escalate tensions in the South China Sea amid the presence of Chinese vessels in the West Philippine Sea, but China’s

ICYMI: More countries have raised alarm over actions that have escalated tensions in the South China Sea, but China’s embassy in Manila was having none of it as it blasted the nations for making “irresponsible comments.”

MANILA, Philippines — More countries have raised alarm over actions that escalate tensions in the South China Sea amid the presence of Chinese vessels in the West Philippine Sea, but China’s

Japan and Australia previously spoke out on the issue.Palace: No Duterte-Xi fishing pact; Sino ‘swarm’ remains EU reiterated its strong opposition to “unilateral actions that could undermine regional stability and international rules-based order”.MANILA - In a tweet, the embassy said the diplomats do not understand “basic facts” in coming up with “irresponsible comments, using the same scripts.Read more THE European Union (EU) on Thursday joined other nations in expressing concern over the reported incursion of Chinese maritime militia personnel in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

The Chinese embassy also called them out on Twitter.This developed after over 200 Chinese ships were spotted near Julian Felipe Reef in the West Philippine Sea as reported by the Philippine Coast Guard last Mar.China rejected EU’s accusation that its ships at Whitsun Reef, which China calls Niu’E Jiao, had endangered peace and security.7.” Neither these diplomats understand the basic facts, nor do they have the ability to think and judge independently.As of Monday, Mar.The Chinese statement also insisted that China’s sovereignty, rights and interests in the South China Sea were formed in the “long course of history and consistent with international law” and rejected the 2016 tribunal ruling as “null and void”.22, the Armed Forces of the Philippines counted at least 183 Chinese ships at the reef, which is within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ).Chinese vessels gathered near a disputed reef in the South China Sea are “fishing boats” sheltering from poor weather, the foreign ministry said March 22, a day after the Philippines described their presence as an incursion.

On Sunday, Mar, 21, Manila filed a diplomatic protest over the presence of the vessels.China is increasingly worried that Europe and other countries are heeding U.twitter.A day after the protest was lodged, the Chinese embassy denied the presence of Beijing’s maritime militia at the said reef, which it claimed as part of Nansha Qundao, one of two political districts in the South China Sea established by the Chinese government in 2020.It further said the ships merely took shelter from bad sea conditions at that time.President Joe Biden’s call for a “coordinated approach” towards China, which had so far materialized in the form of sanctions over its security crackdown in Hong Kong and treatment of Uyghur Muslims.Chinese ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian further repeated this explanation during his “personal meeting” with President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday.China signed a 2002 Declaration on the Conduct (DOC) of Parties in the South China Sea with the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations, that included a provision on exercising "self-restraint in the conduct of activities that would complicate or escalate disputes and affect peace and stability.Still, in a strongly-worded statement, the (DFA) demanded that China immediately withdraw its vessels and maritime assets from the area.S.” “We agreed to launch the European Union-United States dialog on China as a forum to discuss the full range of related challenges and opportunities,” said Borell, the EU Minister for Foreign Affairs.

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