The Philippines summons Chinese diplomats over “harassment” of ships in conflict areas


According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Philippines has summoned senior officials from the Chinese embassy to protest the “harassment” of the Chinese Coast Guard against Taiwanese vessels in the South China Sea.

The agency said a Taiwanese vessel called the RV Legend is conducting marine science research activities with Filipino scientists in the conflict sea, a local news agency. report on tuesday.

A Chinese official was summoned on April 13, adding that a detailed report of the case was being considered for the submission of appropriate diplomatic measures.

“The Githabul Ministry states that only the Filipino Coast Guard has executive jurisdiction over these areas. For foreign vessels that follow a route that is neither continuous nor rapid, which is inconsistent with UNCLOS Article 19 on innocent passage. Existence is against the interests of the Philippines. “

The statement was released a few days after the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI), a US-based research organization. report Chinese vessels have been “three forced in the Philippine waters” since March.

“In three separate cases over the past two months, Chinese law enforcement agencies have challenged marine research and hydrocarbon exploration activities within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone of the South China Sea,” the report said. increase.

The Philippines launched yet another diplomatic protest against China on May 30. The round opposed Beijing’s unilateral fishing ban in the South China Sea, which Filipinos call the West Philippine Sea.

The fishing ban will come into effect on May 1st and will continue until August 16th.

” [Philippines] We have repeated continuous protests against China’s annual practice of declaring a ban on fishing in areas far beyond China’s legal maritime qualifications under the 1982 UNCLOS, “said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. statement.

Beijing claims that much of the South China Sea is unique under the so-called “nine-dash line.” The Hague Court ruled in 2016 in favor of the Philippines. Still, Beijing has repeatedly invaded Manila’s territory, with little or no impact on the actions of the Chinese government.

In early May, the Philippine Coast Guard installed five 30-foot-long nautical buoys with national flags on four islands in the South China Sea (Rawak, Rikas, Parola, and Thitu Island). You have specified the region as follows: A special reserve where mining and oil exploration are prohibited.

Other countries, including Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam, have also made competing claims against China over the South China Sea.

Aldograph Redley

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Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer featuring the Epoch Times Asia Pacific News.

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