Philippines Slams China for ‘Dangerous Maneuver’ in Disputed Sea

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The National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea on April 28 reported that three Chinese Coast Guard vessels continue their "illegal presence" in Bajo de Masinloc or the Panatag Shoal off Zambales, one in the municipality of Kalayaan in Palawan, and another one in Ayungin Shoal.

Following his tweet, the Philippine Foreign Ministry in a statement accused China's coast guard of "shadowing, blocking, unsafe maneuvers, and radio challenges of the Philippine coast guard vessels" on April 24 to 25 in the vicinity of Bajo de Masinloc, Reuters reported.

In late March, the Philippine Coast Guard said that about 200 vessels believed to be part of the Chinese "maritime militia" were seen attached in a line formation in the Whitsun Reef in the South China Sea. Not us. We're trying. You. Earlier maps calls it Scarborough Shoal, while China named it Huangyan Island.

China's Shandong aircraft carrier group recently conducted annual exercises in the South China Sea, the People's Liberation Army said on Sunday, after Beijing criticised the United States for sending Navy ships into the strategic area.

The Philippines' Foreign Affairs Department on Monday said it protested China's "shadowing, blocking, unsafe maneuver and radio challenges" on its Coast Guard that patrolled and trained last month in Scarborough Shoal - an area the Southeast Asian nation says is within its territory.

An arbitration tribunal in The Hague in 2016 ruled China's claims in the South China Sea "inconsistent" with global law.

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In response to a question by AFP, the Chinese embassy in Manila declined to comment.

The Philippines' top diplomatic representative cursed the Xi Jinping regime on Twitter, amid a crisis over the presence of Chinese ships in the disputed South China Sea. China said it owns the reef and the Chinese vessels were sheltering from rough seas.

Once-frosty ties between the two countries had warmed under President Rodrigo Duterte, who set aside the ruling in exchange for promises of trade and investment that critics say have largely not materialised.

"China remains to be our benefactor".

The ministry denounced "belligerent actions" by the Chinese coast guard in the vicinity of Bajo de Masinloc, CNBC reported.

Bajo de Masinloc, also known as Scarborough Shoal, is a triangle-shaped chain of reefs in the South China Sea that lies around 120 nautical miles from the nearest Philippine coast and 470 nautical miles from the nearest coast of China.

'Our statements are stronger because of the more brazen nature of the activities, the number, frequency and proximity of intrusions, ' Marie Yvette Banzon-Abalos, executive director for strategic communications at the foreign ministry, said.

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