27 October 2016
Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s recent trip to Beijing yielded a number of agreements, including a vaguely-worded commitment to peacefully resolve the South China Sea disputes. But there was no public breakthrough on one closely-watched topic: the ability of Filipino fishermen to return to Scarborough Shoal. An international tribunal ruled on July 12 that China’s closure of the shoal to Philippine fishing was illegal. But in the lead-up to Duterte’s visit, Filipino fishermen complained that it was becoming more, not less, difficult for them to approach Scarborough. Recent satellite imagery supports this conclusion.
Read more and see the other satellite images at https://amti.csis.org/china-scarborough-fishing/
Related articles and documents:
Reported Facts on the Ground and on the Waters: https://seasresearch.wordpress.com/category/reported-facts-on-the-ground-and-on-the-waters/
Joint Statement of the Republic of the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China: https://seasresearch.wordpress.com/2016/10/21/joint-statement-of-the-republic-of-the-philippines-and-the-peoples-republic-of-china/