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Philippines Worried, Says More Chinese Boats Spotted at Scarborugh Shoal

Reported by Manuel Mogato

Reuters, 4 September 2016

The Philippines expressed “grave concern” on Sunday and demanded an explanation from China’s ambassador over what it said was an increasing number of Chinese boats near the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea.

A Philippines air force plane flew over the rocky outcrop on Saturday and spotted more boats than usual in a flotilla China has maintained since seizing the shoal after a tense standoff in 2012, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said.

“There were four Chinese coastguard ships and six other vessels, including blue-coloured barges, around Scarborough Shoal,” he said in a text message sent to reporters.

“The presence of many ships other than coastguard in the area is a cause of grave concern.”

China’s embassy in Manila could not be reached for comment.

Read more at http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southchinasea-philippines-china-idUSKCN11A0BL

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2 thoughts on “Philippines Worried, Says More Chinese Boats Spotted at Scarborugh Shoal

  1. It is getting too late for ASEAN to work collectively against the aggression and accession of PRC in South China Sea. Worst still some ASEAN nations already sold their sovereignty just for economic benefits. They need to learn that SCS has great potential for food security than anything else. China has increased its fishing fleets and building fishing ports under pretext of economic assistance. I strongly belief “When World War III Comes Blame It To The Fish”. China is leading all the way to reality. With Indonesia’s seriousness to protect its waters against poaching of PRC vessels and few more similar incidents that happened few months ago, there bound to serous geopolitical changes in SCS.

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    Posted by Ganesan Vethiah | September 5, 2016, 5:31 pm

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