FOREIGN RELATIONS

CHINA WILL NOT PULL OUT VESSELS FROM JULIAN FELIPE REEF

Philippines demands China to remove ships

 March 23, 2021

MANILA – The Philippines demanded China to “promptly withdraw” its fishing vessels near the features in Kalayaan Island Group (KIG), as it asserted its claim on the Julian Felipe Reef where about 200 Chinese ships have amassed on March 7.In a strongly-worded statement, the Department of… Read More

China claims vessels only ‘taking shelter

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ENVOY. Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian at the arrival ceremony of the 400,000 doses of CoronaVac vaccines at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Wednesday (March 24, 2021). With him is Health Secretary Francisco Duque III. (PNA photo by Avito C. Dalan)

 March 24, 2021

MANILA – Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian on Wednesday insisted that the swarm of Chinese boats flagged in the Philippines’ latest diplomatic protest was only “taking shelter” in the waters off Julian Felipe Reef which is within the country’s exclusive economic zone.

The statement comes in the wake of a demand from the Philippine government to pull out its fishing vessels in relevant Spratly features, particularly the reef, which is located about 175 nautical miles off Palawan.Read More

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Duterte wants to settle issue on China’s supposed presence in WPS

 March 23, 2021

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has intended to hold a dialogue with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian to discuss the presence of the alleged Chinese maritime militia vessels in the West Philippine Sea’s (WPS) Julian Felipe Reef (Union Reefs), Malacañang said… Read More

SCS issues ‘directly related’ to regional peace, stability

 March 24, 2021

MANILA – The Japanese Embassy in Manila on Tuesday chimed in on the current situation in the South China Sea (SCS), hours after the United States expressed its concern over the swarming of some 200 Chinese vessels at the Julian Felipe Reef in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ).In a… Read More

US shares concerns of PH over ‘moored’ Chinese vessels in WPS

 March 23, 2021

MANILA – The United States on Tuesday said it stands with the Philippine government amid reports of more than 200 Chinese vessels amassing near the Julian Felipe Reef, which is within the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).The US Embassy in Manila said it notes the diplomatic protest… Read More

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