China replied to the Philippines to not be prejudiced! 220 ships found in the disputed sea just take refuge without any implications.
Another criticism arose over the South China Sea dispute. Earlier in March, the Philippine Coast Guard detected 220 Chinese-flagged fishing boats gathered around the Whitsun or Julian reef. Felipe in the boomerang-shaped form on approximately 175 nautical miles off the coast of Baraza in Palawan.
Mr.Delphin Lorenzana, Philippine Defense Minister stated that the presence of such large numbers of Chinese fishing boats at sea remains a potential overlap and signaling issue. He pointed out that “It is provocative with military implications” As a result, the Manila government asked for Chinese fishing boats to leave the seas supervised by the Philippine sovereignty as quickly as possible.
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The “South China Sea” is a dispute over the claim of part or all of the South China Sea, including the Paracel Islands and the Spratly Islands. Several countries claim these titles such as China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, and Taiwan. This encounter of a Chinese-flagged ship in a disputed sea was very doubtful to the Philippines.
While the Chinese Embassy in Manila announced “To counter” that the Chinese fishing boats are still floating together, not far from the Whitsun Reef, the objective is only to “take refuge” from bad weather in this area only. They are not gathered to “be a force” according to concerns of the Philippine government.
Despite a 2016 ruling by the Netherlands’ Hague International Arbitral Tribunal that the Philippines won the Beijing government over a dispute over the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said about two years ago, “If China insists on fishing here, who can prohibit that?” and “If they send the Marine Corps to face their enemy at this sea. No one will ever survive.” and insisted that diplomatic procedures are the only way to help Filipino fishermen safely catch their fish.
However, Ms. Hua Choonying, a spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said: “International countries should not be” prejudiced “towards the gathering of Chinese fishing boats around the Whitsun Reef. We believe this is very normal and hope that everyone will consider it rationally.”