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The Philippine government summoned the Chinese ambassador to press its demand for Chinese vessels to immediately leave a reef claimed by Manila in the South China Sea and said their presence was stoking tensions, officials said Tuesday.

The escalating feud between Manila and Beijing started after more than 200 Chinese vessels suspected by Philippine authorities to be operated by militias were spotted early last month at Whitsun Reef.

The Philippine government demanded the vessels leave then deployed coast guard and patrol vessels to the area but China said it owns the reef and the Chinese vessels were sheltering from rough seas.

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Chinese vessels are moored at Whitsun Reef, South China Sea. (Philippine Coast Guard)


After summoning Ambassador Huang Xilian on Monday, Philippine Foreign Undersecretary Elizabeth Buensuceso expressed to him Manila’s “displeasure over the illegal lingering presence of Chinese vessels around Julian Felipe Reef,” the foreign affairs department said in a statement, using the Philippine name for Whitsun Reef in the most hotly disputed Spratlys region of the busy waterway.

“The continuing presence of Chinese vessels around the reef is a source of regional tension,” Buensuceso said.
She reiterated to Huang that the reef, which lies about 324 kilometres west of the Philippine province of Palawan, is within an internationally recognised offshore zone where Manila has the exclusive right to exploit fisheries, oil, gas and other resources.

She also cited a 2016 ruling in an international arbitration case the Philippines brought against China that invalidated Beijing’s vast claims on historical grounds to virtually all of the South China Sea under a 1982 UN maritime treaty.

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220 Chinese vessels are seen moored at Whitsun Reef, South China Sea. (Philippine Coast Guard)


The Philippine military has said aerial surveillance showed some of the Chinese vessels have left the reef but more than 40 remained moored in the area in late March.

It debunked China’s claim that the vessels were sheltering from rough seas saying the weather has been fine around the reef.

The United States has said it would stand by the Philippines amid the standoff.

The Department of National Defence in Manila said last week that the Philippines could seek the help of the US, with which it has a mutual defence treaty, to protect its interests in the South China Sea.

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he Whitsun Reef lies in waters between the Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia. (Google via AP)

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An aerial view of construction at Mabini (Johnson) Reef by China, in the disputed Spratley Islands, in the south China Sea. (Armed Forces of Philippines)


The Philippines’ high-profile protests against China over Whitsun has unfolded amid the cosier relations President Rodrigo Duterte nurtured with China after taking office in mid-2016.

Duterte has been repeatedly criticised for not immediately demanding Chinese compliance with the 2016 arbitration ruling and taking a stronger stand against China’s actions in the disputed waters.

The Spratly chain of islands, islets and atolls are claimed entirely or partly by China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei. China has turned seven disputed reefs into missile-protected island bases in recent years, ratcheting up tensions in what has long been feared as a potential flashpoint in Asia.

 

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well done Philippines

Royal Navy Carrier Strike Group is on its way to South China Sea

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Looks like the CCP is basically stuffed, all their lies, bullying etc are coming back to bite them hard.
 

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Philippines to file another protest against China
About 240 Chinese vessels continue to swarm in West Philippine Sea
Devina Halim |14.04.2021

Philippines to file another protest against China



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The Philippines foreign minister ordered on Wednesday the filing of another diplomatic protest against China after reports that 240 Chinese vessels continued to swarm in the West Philippine Sea.
"DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) will fire a diplomatic protest now,” Teodoro Locsin Jr. tweeted.
He admitted, however, that he has not yet received any updates from the National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea (NTF-WPS) about developments.
The NTF-WPS reiterated its demand on China to withdraw its vessels within the Philippine exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the West Philippine Sea, in a statement late Tuesday.
"The National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea denounces the continuous swarming in the WPS by Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) and Maritime Militia which are claimed by Chinese authorities to be ordinary fishing vessels," it said.
According to the NTF, as of April 11, around 240 Chinese vessels were scattered in several features in territorial waters of Kalayaan, Palawan.
"A minimum estimate that each can catch one ton of fish amounts to a conservative total of 240,000 kilos (529,200 pounds) of fish illegally taken from Philippine waters every single day that the massed Chinese fishing vessels remain in the West Philippine Sea," said the task force.
The Philippine Coast Guard reported last month that 220 vessels, believed to be manned by Chinese maritime militia personnel, were seen moored in line formation at a reef.
Earlier this week, DFA summoned Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian for an “illegal lingering presence” of Chinese militia vessels in the disputed waters of the Whitsun Reef.
DFA Acting Undersecretary Elizabeth Buensuceso told Huang that the reef “lies within the EEZ of the Republic of the Philippines” and that “the continuing presence of Chinese vessels around the reef is a source of regional tension.”
She also emphasized a 2016 ruling by a UN tribunal dismissing most of China's claims to disputed waters.



 

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well done Philippines

Royal Navy Carrier Strike Group is on its way to South China Sea

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This is what happens when low intellect people try to act clever
Hey, baby. The Royal Navy is all out. So... Now the British mainland is very weak.

We decided to detain all four 054AP. Then send them to the Thames to frighten Buckingham Palace! That's great!

128 missiles. Happy every day! :lol:
@aziqbal Now the British mainland is very weak. We're going to patrol the Thames with four 054AP. What do you think of the plan? I think it's very good! and you? :rofl:
 

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Not possible.
If they do, I would thank them. China hardliners like me will be very happy to take back several islands.
 

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Not possible.
If they do, I would thank them. China hardliners like me will be very happy to take back several islands.
hardliners more like fanboys

you had 75 years to do it when Taiwan was weak and now Taiwan has world backing it, you have zero chance for not 75 years
 

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