By ROGER M. BALANZA
China has told the Philippines to “stop actions complicating the situation and escalating disputes” in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) as the Philippines stepped up maritime patrols in the area amid continued encroachment by Chinese vessels.
The WPS, declared as part of Philippine territory by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, is at the center of a territorial dispute between China and the Philippines.
The Philippines has filed several diplomatic protests against the continued presence of Chinese fishing and militia vessels in the disputed area that China claims to be its territory.
On Monday, China pressed anew its ownership claim over WPS by telling the Philippines to “respect” Chinese sovereignty over the area.
The Philippines should “stop actions complicating the situation and escalating disputes, ” Wang Wenbin, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, said at a press briefing on Monday , April 27.
“China enjoys sovereignty over Nansha Islands, including Zhongye Island and Zhongsha Islands, including Huangyan Island and their adjacent waters, and exercises jurisdiction in relevant waters,” Wenbin said.“We urge the relevant side to respect China’s sovereignty and rights and interests.”
April 27, 2021
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