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China outraged by Philippines' provocation over Huangyan Island

(Xinhua)

14:36, May 16, 2012

BEIJING, May 10 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese people are enraged by the offensive behavior of the Philippines over the Huangyan Island dispute, expressing full support to the efforts made by the Chinese government for safeguarding its territorial sovereignty.

In defiance of China's warning and stance of resolving disputes through diplomatic ways, the Philippines keeps making trouble in the waters around Huangyan Island, China's indisputable territory.

In early April, the Philippines sent a warship to harass 12 Chinese fishing vessels which sailed into the waters of Huangyan Island to shelter from bad weather.

He Shixuan, a fisherman in the city of Qionghai in south China's Hainan province, is the owner of one of the 12 Chinese fishing vessels harassed by the Filipino warship. He went back to Huangyan Island again after the incident.

He said his family has fished in waters of Huangyan Island for generations, and believed it always a part of China's territory. The return of his vessel to the island is largely a sign of his support to the government in safeguarding its sovereignty.

"We have no reason to be afraid of any country, as we are fishing around our own island, nor do we need to evacuate the waters," said He.

According to media reports, the Philippines has notified China on its readiness to raise the issue of the sovereignty of Huangyan Island to international arbitration.

In addition, it tried to rename the island and remove the signs and monuments related to China, and even attempted to agitate Filipino people to hold demonstrations against China around the world.

Facing provocation from the Philippines, China has continued to request the Philippines to immediately stop its illegal behaviors via diplomatic channels.

Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying requested a meeting with the Charge D'affaires of the Philippine embassy in China on Monday to lodge a serious representation over the Huangyan Island incident. It was the third meeting between the two sides in a month.

During Monday's meeting, Fu expressed hope that the Philippine side will not misjudge the situation and not escalate tensions without considering the consequences. She said China is fully prepared to respond to anything the Philippine side does to escalate the situation.

Due to safety concerns over travel to the Philippines, a number of Chinese travel agencies have halted Philippines-bound package tour programs.

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