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China protests the harassment of fishermen


08:09, April 12, 2012

BEIJING, April 11 (Xinhua) -- China said on Wednesday that it has lodged a representation to the Philippine side about the harassment of its fishermen by the Philippine Navy in a lagoon in China's Huangyan Island in the South China Sea.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin made the remarks at a regular press briefing when asked to comment on the incident.

According to the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines, 12 Chinese fishing boats were moving into the lagoon to take shelter due to harsh weather conditions, when a Philippine Naval gunboat blocked the entrance of the lagoon. They then dispatched 12 Philippine soldiers to the lagoon, six of whom were armed, and then harassed the Chinese fishermen.

Two Chinese Marine Surveillance ships, which were doing routine patrol in the area when the incident took place, were immediately sent to the site to protect the fishermen and their boats, according to a statement released later on Wednesday by the State Oceanic Administration.

Liu said the so-called law-enforcement actions by the Philippine side in the water of Huangyan Island was an infringement of China's sovereignty, and violated bilateral consensus on maintaining the peace and stability of the South China Sea. He called for the Philippines to avoide actions that could complicate and aggravate the situation.

He said the relevant Chinese department has dispatched official ships to Huangyan Island, and the Chinese vessels and fishermen are safe at present.

Liu reiterated that Huangyan Island is an integral part of Chinese territory and China has indisputable sovereignty over the island.

"We urge the Philippine side to proceed based on our bilateral friendship as well as the peace and stability of the South China Sea. We call on them to stop making new troubles, and work with China to create good conditions for the healthy and stable development of bilateral ties," he said.

According to the administration, all these Chinese fishermen were from the country's southern province Hainan, and they are currently in safety and emotionally stable.


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jthk at 2012-04-12219.77.40.*
Dear people of the Philippines, please tell your president to take care the socio-economic well beings of your people rather than wasting money over noncontributive things such as to confront a big China. The US cannot back you up. The reality is that your superpower has already lost two wars in Asia. The Korean War and the Vietnam war are nightmares. By that time, China was seriously backward and under-developed. Today, the US borrows money from China. Time has really change!
jthk at 2012-04-12219.77.40.*
We China is a big country. We do not need more territory but we safeguard every inch of our territory.
jane tse at 2012-04-12219.77.40.*
The Philippines is the poorest and less developed country in SE Asia. It can revive its ancient glory of Marcos only when time can reverse. How come the tail can wiggle the dog? By common sense, it is always the dog that wiggle the tail. Without all these agitations, how can the US return to East Asia when its own economy is in a mess? In my opinion, Obama is the one who wishes to do magic by reversing the time. It is only by waging a global war a military superpower can resume its ancient glory. I always proud of our Chinese wisdom, otherwise, we cannot survive all these challenges over thousands of years. I always believe that the rise of China shall make the world a different. We survive because we have the power for self-defence. We survive because we do not exhaust ourselves by invading other countries.
PD User at 2012-04-12202.36.245.*
ey, look it up in google map. "scarborough shoal" is just 130 miles off Philippine coast. why should china lay claim to the islets? does it want to own all of south china sea including the waters that are alreaddy within Ohilippine territory?
PD User at 2012-04-12202.36.245.*
hey, i know for a fact that the shoal is only 124 miles from philippine shores. look it up in google maps. its called scarborough shoal in english. it is very far from the chinese shore. this is a one sided news

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