Chinese warships enter West Philippine Sea


MANILA, Philippines—Chinese naval vessels entered Philippine waters on Feb. 1 amid efforts by the Philippines to peacefully resolve its territorial dispute with China in the West Philippine Sea through arbitration in the United Nations.

China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday that a naval fleet of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) entered the West Philippine Sea “for patrol and training missions” this week.

Xinhua said the three ships from the PLA Navy’s North China Sea fleet—the missile destroyer Qingdao and missile frigates Yantai and Yancheng—traveled through the Bashi Channel, an international sea route between Luzon and Taiwan, before entering the West Philippine Sea at 11:40 a.m. on Friday.

The report said the training exercises would be held within Chinese “territorial waters.”

China claims almost all of the West Philippine Sea, including parts close to the shores of the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.

UN arbitration

The Philippines has protested Chinese incursions into waters within its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), but China insists those waters are part of its territory.

Last month, the Philippines took its dispute with China to the United Nations for arbitration.

The Philippines asked the United Nations to declare invalid China’s claim to parts of the sea that are within the Philippine EEZ.

Manila also asked the United Nations to stop Beijing’s incursions into Philippine territory in the sea.

It is not clear whether the Philippine action can proceed without China’s participation in the arbitration.

China refuses to bring its territorial disputes with its neighbors to any international forum, insisting on resolution through bilateral negotiations.

US support

A congressional delegation from the United States that recently visited Manila, however, expressed support for the Philippines’ decision to go into arbitration in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said it decided to take the dispute to the United Nations because the government had already exhausted all other options.

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  • pasaway008ako

    ‘For patrol and training purposes’ iyan ang sabi da ng china. Bakit hindi pa pinaputukan ang mga iyan kung nasa sakop na ng pinas? Takot tayo sa China pero sa U.S. hindi!

  • Albin

    Let’s invade China. Take no prisoners. Use them as panambak sa mga binabahang lugar sa Malabon.

    • Luke Devereaux

       Isa kang example ng bobo na Pinoy. Kaya hindi talaga umuunlad ang basa ay dahil sa mga Filipino na may utak na katulad ng sayo. Basahin mo nga ulit yung post mo. Mag isip.

    • Andrew Pc

      Amusing as ever…LOL

  • mountainecho

    The nearest Chinese territory to Reed Bank is not Hainan.  Just picking one example, China’s Taiping Island (Itu Aba, currently under Taiwan occupation) is sitting smack in the middle of the Spratlys.  Reed Bank is in the 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone of Taiping Island.  Go check the map.  Does the Philippines claim Taiping as its territory and raising any issue with Taiwan’s occupation?  I haven’t heard.  Has anyone?  So Inquirer should point this out instead of keeping this important fact under wraps and mislead the readers.

    The Filipino people have a right to know that the disputed Reed Bank is disputed territory for very good and legitimate reason:  It is within the EEZ of both the Philippines and China.  It’s time that the government and the media stop misleading the Filipino people down the wrong and dangerous road of false patriotism, potential war, and harm the Philippines’ long term national interest. 

    • Chiang Kai Dong

      My fellow Chinese, are you kidding me?

      Do you know the “Political Status-Quo” situation of Taiwan?  Among the claimants Taiwan has the most questionable political status.  If you will ask the ROC (China) it is not a country yet but a province under their administration, however we all know that Taiwan has its own Government and President.  

      Politically, Taiwan can’t compete with the other claimants which were all recognized as Independent Countries long time ago while Taiwan still has a shadow over its sovereignty.  Taiwan is satisfied with Itu Aba for now unlike China who likes to get everything at once.

      On the other hand the PRC (China) only got their recognition in UN in 1971 several years later when all the claimants already established their claims in the disputed territories.

      For us Chinese we always say that the two governments are one and have a unified claim however even if you will ask Taiwanese government their claims and China’s claims are totally different with each other!  In fact Taiwan’s claim is 11-dashed-line while China is 9-dashed-line.

      Aside from that China is saying that their claim is the legacy of the ROC but ignored the true reality that ROC didn’t relinquish its claims and in fact still exists in Taiwan!

      Till this day both China and Taiwan aren’t unified which added to the dilemma of our claims!


      • mountainecho

        Taiping was reclaimed by China from Japan in 1946 and placed under the administration of Guangdong province of China.  Regardless of the outcome of the Chinese Civil War which saw the Nationalists lost their power over the China mainland to the Communists but maintained control of Taiwan and Taiping, the island, just lke Taiwan, is still a part of China.  Unless you don’t believe that Taiwan is a part of China (in that case you are not a typical Chinese) you should see that Taiping is still a part of China.  You don’t question a country’s territory simply because there is a civil war in that country.  The Philippines recognizes the government of the PRC as the sole legal government of China, and so Taiping belongs to China, as far as the Philippines is concerned.  Before the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1975, the Philippines recognized the ROC which asserted sovereignty to all of China including the islands in the South China Sea.  So switching recognition of governments do not change recognition of the scope of territory of the Chinese nation.

        So there is no dilemma to China’s claim as you maintained.

        When China sent warships in Nov, 1946 to occupy and assert control over the islands in the South China Sea, the Philippines, by then already an independent nation, did not raise any objection.  So clearly those islands belong to China back then.  The same should hold true now as well.

        The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea was established in 1982, way after China was admitted in the UN assembly, and after diplomatic recognition by the Philippines.  So China is entitled to its 200 nautical mile EEZ around its islands in the South China Sea as much as any other country.  Hope that clears it up for my Chinese and Filipino friends.   

  • zeroko

    Don’t you two Chinese worry, confrontation is inevitable. Every time America goes to deep depression or recession or what have you, it instigate war. So, there is no use arguing, This saber rattling going on is just a show of force. China conducts it’s naval exercise while Japan, Australia, and America has their share. Well, the next thing you know, there will be conflagration. First strike is so important, it will disable the enemy before he knows what is happening. He he he. That is always the rule of the game, shoot and ask later.

    The time is clicking towards the nuclear Holocaust.  Dooms day may not be Dec. 12, 2012, few months give or take does not matter. He he he. See you in hell! he he he.  

  • Harry Dexter White.

    China is Dictating the interpretation of the Law of the Sea. This is your weakness. 

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