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‘Keep away from interfering’ with Scarborough Shoal patrols – China to PH

Panatag Shoal (or Scarborough Shoal) is contained in the Philippines EEZ within the West Philippine Sea.

MANILA, Philippines — Scarborough Shoal is China’s “inherent territory” and the Philippines ought to “keep away from interfering” with its patrols within the space, Wang Wengbin, spokesperson of the Chinese language Overseas Ministry, mentioned in a daily media briefing on Monday.

That was Wang’s response when requested a few report of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) {that a} ship of the China Coast Guard carried out a harmful “shut distance maneuvering” within the space.

Utilizing the Chinese language identify for the shoal, Wang mentioned: “Huangyan Dao is China’s inherent territory. China has sovereignty over Huangyan Dao and its adjoining waters in addition to sovereign rights and jurisdiction over related waters.”

“We hope that the Philippine ships will earnestly respect China’s sovereignty and rights and pursuits, abide by China’s home regulation and worldwide regulation, and keep away from interfering with the patrol and regulation enforcement of the China Coast Guard within the above-mentioned waters,” he added.

A transcript of the media convention was uploaded on the web site of China’s Overseas Affairs Ministry.

Over the weekend, the PCG reported {that a} China Coast Guard ship performed a “shut distance maneuvering” in the direction of BRP Malabrigo, a PCG ship that was crusing within the waters off Panatag Shoal or Bajo de Masinloc (each are Philippine names for Scarborough Shoal) within the West Philippine Sea.

The PCG mentioned the incident was a “clear violation” of the 1972 Worldwide Rules for Stopping Collisions at Sea.

It was the fourth time a PCG vessel had a detailed encounter with the China Coast Guard at Scarborough Shoal, in accordance with the PCG commandant, Vice Adm. Artemio Abu.

The primary one was reported in Could 2021 and the second and third ones occurred in June 2021.

The Philippines and China have been locked in a long-standing maritime dispute.

In 2013, the Philippines filed a case with the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague within the Netherlands difficult China’s sweeping declare of almost all the South China Sea, together with elements of the West Philippine Sea.

In July 2016, the PCA dominated in favor of the Philippines, invalidating China’s nine-dash line declare.

Beijing has repeatedly refused to acknowledge the ruling.


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