World Southern China Sea: The Philippines ask China to "reverse" after shooting

14:30  18 november  2021
14:30  18 november  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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The Philippines accused this Thursday the Chinese coastguards have fired at the water barrel on two boats refueling the Philippine military personnel in the Southern China Sea.

new pushing of fever in the very disputed sea of ​​southern China. According to Filipino Minister of Foreign Affairs, three Chinese buildings blocked access to the Atoll Second Thomas, in the Spratleys Islands played by the two countries, in Filipino boats. Chinese boats made use of water guns.

The incident took place on Tuesday. Teodoro Lives, Chief of Diplomacy Philippine, expressed his "indignation, his conviction and his protest" and asked Beijing to "reverse". The minister described the Filipino ships of "public", which suggests that these are civilian vessels. They were in charge of a refueling mission for Filipino soldiers, report the Philippine authorities. After the occupation of the Mischief reef by China in the mid-1990s, within the Exclusive Economic Zone of Manila, the Philippines have failed one of their buildings on a reef close to Thomas to affirm their sovereignty on The area. Philippine Marines are based, reports AFP.

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Tensions around this sea rich in natural resources have seen a clear recrudescence this year. The Philippines have regularly denounced China's "presence and illegal activities" in South China Sea.

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China almost claims the entire area by which thousands of billions of dollars of trade transforms each year. This sea is also claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Beijing ignores the Decision of an International Tribunal in 2016 : The Permanent Court of Arbitration (CPA) of the Hague estimated, in July 2016, that China had not, historically, of good reason to claim the Waters of the Southern China Sea. A judgment that gave the fact of fact to the Philippines, at the origin of the complaint. Since then, Beijing has taken militarily control of several reefs.

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Philippines accuses China of 'harassment' in disputed sea .
Manila's defence minister on Tuesday accused the Chinese coastguard of "intimidation and harassment" after Philippine navy personnel were filmed and photographed unloading goods in the disputed South China Sea. Two civilian boats manned by Philippine Navy personnel made another attempt to reach the shoal and arrived "without any untoward incident" on Tuesday, Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said. But three people in a rubber boat deployed by a nearby Chinese coastguard vessel took photos and videos as "personnel and cargo" were unloaded from the vessels, Lorenzana said.

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