Philippines says China sending more ships to Scarborough Shoal

MANILA, Philippines—China has deployed more government ships and fishing boats to a disputed shoal in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) amid a tense stand-off with Manila, the Philippine foreign department said Wednesday.

Map showing the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea. AFP

As of Monday night, there were five Chinese government vessels and 16 fishing boats in the area, along with 56 dinghies used by the fishermen to collect fish in shallow waters, Hernandez said.

Two Philippine government vessels monitoring Chinese activity previously reported only three Chinese government vessels near the Scarborough Shoal.

Manila had lodged a fresh protest with the Chinese embassy over the build-up near the shoal, department spokesman Raul Hernandez said.

“The Philippines, therefore, demands that China’s vessels immediately pull out from Bajo de Masinloc and the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone,” Hernandez said, referring to the shoal’s local name.

Chinese embassy officials were not immediately available to comment.

China claims the shoal along with most of the West Philippine Sea, even up to the coasts of its Asian neighbors, while the Philippines says the shoal is well within its 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone.

Cranking up tensions, both countries have had ships posted around the shoal since early April, when Chinese vessels prevented a Philippine Navy ship from arresting Chinese fishermen.

The two claimants had vowed to de-escalate the tensions and both imposed separate fishing bans in the area from May 16, while Philippine President Aquino stopped a planned protest trip to the shoal by a Philippine ex-soldier.

Hernandez said that as of Tuesday, the number of Chinese dinghies around the shoal had risen to 76, while no Philippine fishing vessels were in the area.

“They are fishing and collecting corals,” he said of the Chinese, apparently in violation of their government’s own fishing ban.

He said the two governments were still in talks over the dispute, and the alleged Chinese build-up only served to “escalate tension” around the shoal.

Taiwan, Brunei, Vietnam and Malaysia also claim parts of the West Philippine Sea.

The rival claims have for decades made the waters one of Asia’s potential military flashpoints.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OU4UDQ4DNW573B3JQCXY7CHDQQ xhatty

    china starts to stop our products to enter there country so be it…………….. i know we can also stop smuggled goods from china to stop entering our country in terms of agriculture i think our agricultural products are better and can supply the whole philippines and we are sure that there are no harmful ingredients that is used in our agricultural products…… in terms of clothings i believe that we have our local cloth factories to provide with that needs as i was vieing news that products of our local tailors is the one being displayed in divisoria im very happy and being proud being a filipina now lets start to buy our own goods for better new philippines with people of the philippines to work together with the help and support of our government i believe we can we just need to beg for our corrupt oficials to stop corrupting our government funds and lets use the peoples money to a better new philippines not to a better political officials pocket and personal affairs and benefits our government officials we had trusted and believe in your knowledge and power to make our country a better place not to make our country more poor and very pitty you have to think that you are happy there with the money your stealing while many filipino people are begging and crying for help….. many filipinos are intellegent and there tallent are very unique its just that they tend go, cared and supported by other countries because our government doesnt recognize there contribution and knowledge……………….. i believe that we can build a stronger philippines lets just start with our own products and stop importing raw materials to other countries instead lets learn how do them as a finish products…… i know we can coz we are filipinos……………………. we have the brain…… and patience

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    watch out
    MISCHIEF II

    boats first
    huts second

    ultimately
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    armed with missiles

    intsik switik

    • sh1seadad

      China is comming to get you. tsk tsk LOL!

      • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

        dagdagan mo ng u
        yung tawa mo
        u.s. navy collaborator

  • tonylad

    My remedy for all these, in as much as Philippines seems to be lost in all the diplomatic arena; recall your envoy in China, expel the Chinese envoy in the Philippines and cancel trades with China; and next; sorry for the fact that Philippines lost out when it kicked out the American bases when everything was going fine but ONE never realize how sweet was the deal when US bases were in place ( I was stationed in Clark AB and pulled duty in Wallace AS (Kidskin) keeping watch on the Philippine seas and skies);We had a US NAVAL COMMUNICATIONS IN SAN MIGUEL, SAN ANTONIO, ZAMBALES who was keeping watch and a secret CIA STATION and China knew these; China will not back off and they are seasoned in all areas of diplomacy as a Filipino am continually saddened by all these but we seemed to be lost and we continually never learn; Congress and Filipinos; Pass the National ID Bill and you may still have chance;  Do not vote anymore actors in Politics (They continue to be ACTORS ONLY) and quit all these Congress hearings they never accomplish anything except waste taxpayers money.

  • garcesm75

    test 123

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