DFA files 7th protest over Scarborough; China says PH’s insistence on intervention worsening rift

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DFA files 7th protest over Scarborough; China says PH’s insistence on intervention worsening rift – InterAksyon.com on Interaksyon

The number of Chinese ships increased to 92 from 77 the previous day, May 22, Hernandez said.

China earlier announced its annual summer fishing ban in the South China Sea, which Manila calls the West Philippine Sea, on May 15. The Philippines followed with a ban of its own covering Scarborough soon after.

But Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario’s statement that some countries were helping the Philippines establish a “minimum credible defense posture” by providing the country with patrol boats and military aircraft was worsening the tensions over Scarborough.

Citing the Information Office of China’s Ministry of Defense, the embassy said: “The recent drill by a naval fleet of China’s People’s Liberation Army in the West Pacific waters is a regular training program included in its annual plan, not aimed at any particular country or target.”

@Filipino Nation

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