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Philippines mounts diplomatic protest over China’s seizure of fishing tools in ongoing row over disputed shoal

Philippines mounts diplomatic protest over China’s seizure of fishing equipment in ongoing row over disputed shoal


The Philippines overseas ministry has accused China’s coastguard of illegally seizing fishing tools close to a disputed shoal within the South China Sea. The transfer has sparked a recent row with Beijing.

Manila lodged a diplomatic protest on Friday over the “unlawful confiscation” in Might of floating gadgets used to catch fish. The ministry additionally “resolutely objected” to China issuing radio challenges to Philippines plane conducting maritime patrols in areas of the ocean claimed by Manila, AFP reported.

Beijing stated the coastguard’s actions “are comprehensible” as they carried out legislation enforcement actions. China’s overseas ministry additionally accused the Philippines navy plane of invading Chinese language airspace in one other disputed part of the ocean and known as on Manila to “instantly cease unlawful provocative actions.”

Scarborough Shoal, positioned some 240km (150 miles) west of the Philippines’ fundamental island of Luzon, is likely one of the area’s richest fishing grounds and is claimed by each Beijing and Manila. 

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