MANILA: The Philippines has sent two new diplomatic protests to China over its failure to withdraw what it called on Friday (Apr 23) 'threatening' ...
BookmarkMANILA: The Philippines has sent two new diplomatic protests to China over its failure to withdraw what it called on Friday (Apr 23)"threatening" vessels that were massing in contested areas of the South China Sea.The Philippines has ramped up its rhetoric in recent weeks over the lingering presence of hundreds of Chinese boats in its 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone, testing relations between two countries that have sought to heal their historic rifts.
AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Philippine foreign ministry said maritime officials had observed the"continued unauthorised presence and activities" of 160 Chinese fishing and militia vessels around the disputed Spratly islands and Scarborough shoal, as of Apr 20.
Five Chinese coastguard vessels were also spotted around the areas."The continued swarming and threatening presence of the Chinese vessels creates an atmosphere of instability and is a blatant disregard of the commitments by China to promote peace and stability in the region," the foreign ministry said. headtopics.com
AdvertisementAdvertisementIt comes as the Philippines announces a boosting of its presence of vessels in its exclusive economic zone. Under international law, foreign vessels are permitted to make"innocent passage" through a country's exclusive economic zone.
Chinese diplomats have denied that militia were aboard the vessels.China's embassy in Manila did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday on the new protests.China claims almost the entire South China Sea, where about US$3 trillion worth of ship-borne trade passes each year. An international arbitral tribunal in 2016 invalidated China's expansive claim, which is based on its own maps.
AdvertisementBrunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have competing claims to various islands and features.Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday he wasto assert the country's sovereign rights to oil and mineral resources in its exclusive economic zone, telling China that if it started drilling for oil, so will he.Read more: CNA »
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Philippines conducts maritime exercises in disputed sea amid tensions with ChinaManila [ Philippines ], April 27 (ANI): The Philippines has conducted maritime exercises in the disputed West Philippine Sea, as Chinese coast guard ships continue to amass near a disputed reef in the South China Sea .
Philippines foreign minister issues expletive-laced tweet over China sea disputeThe comments by Teodoro Locsin, known for making blunt remarks at times, follow Manila's protests for what it calls the 'illegal' presence of hundreds of Chinese boats inside the Philippines 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). China's embassy in Manila did not immediately respond to a request for comment. China claims almost the entire South China Sea , through which about $3 trillion of ship-borne trade passes each year. China is a bully, only this sort of languages they understand. Teddy is courageous. TheManilaTimes Teddy, my friend. How politely should i put it. Let me see. SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!
Philippines' Duterte refuses to stop South China Sea patrolsPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he will not withdraw navy and coast guard boats patrolling the disputed South China Sea , insisting ... The chinese govt. claims historical ownership of the SCS because their fishermen have traditionally been fishing there for generations. I wonder where have all the filipino fishermen been fishing during those times. In bath tubs? China can suck winnie the pooh's balls if they think they can own Philippine waters.
Philippine coast guard holds drills in disputed South China SeaMANILA — The Philippine coast guard is conducting drills in the South China Sea which an official said Sunday (April 25) were part of efforts to secure
China's carrier group conducts exercises in South China SeaChina's carrier group conducts exercises in South China Sea Shameless. Mighty China. Protect us from the colonial power coming to get us again.