By Nikko Dizon
President Aquino on Thursday urged China to cooperate in regional efforts to decrease tensions in the South China Sea, as he admitted that he remained concerned over Beijing’s land reclamation activities in the West Philippine Sea.
By Christine O. Avendaño Philippine Daily Inquirer; Redempto D. Anda Inquirer Southern Luzon
The Department of Foreign Affairs will include incidents of Chinese harassment of Filipino fishermen exercising their right to fish in Philippine seas, in its new diplomatic protest to be filed this week against China’s “illegitimate sovereignty patrols” in Philippine waters.
Itu Aba, the largest island in the disputed Spratlys, is occupied by Taiwan and administered by its Coast Guard.
By Christine O. Avendaño
, Cynthia D. Balana
The Philippines on Monday slammed what it called China’s “illegitimate sovereignty patrols” of Philippine waters, following President Aquino’s revelation that two Chinese research vessels had been spotted on oil-rich Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea.
By Christian V. Esguerra
President Aquino has sounded the alarm over the presence of two new Chinese vessels near the oil-rich Recto Bank (Reed Bank) in the West Philippine Sea.