Philippines slams China’s ‘dangerous’ move in disputed sea – fr

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Philippines slams China’s ‘dangerous’ move in disputed sea – fr


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The Philippines protested against China’s “dangerous maneuver” against its Coastguards who patrolled and trained near a bank in the South China Sea last month as senior Manila diplomat issued sworn remarks towards Beijing.

The Chinese Coast Guard monitored, blocked and issued radio challenges to the Manila crew near Scarborough Shoal, the Philippine Foreign Ministry said on Monday in a statement announcing it had protested China’s actions. . China’s claim on the bench which is 124 nautical miles from the Philippines “is baseless” and Beijing has “no law enforcement rights in these areas,” he said.

The Philippine Foreign Ministry said it had also protested against the “relentless, illegal, prolonged and growing presence” of Chinese fishing vessels and maritime militias in its economic zones.

Manila’s latest remarks signal a further deepening of tensions with Beijing in the South China Sea. The Philippines have sent more ships and held exercises in disputed waters, even as President Rodrigo Duterte has said he will not confront China. Beijing said the presence of its ships in the area was normal and legitimate.



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