Amid heightened tension, Philippines summons China envoy over South sea standoff

Mar25,2024



New Delhi: Philippines summons Chinese envoy to protest against Beijing's “aggressive actions” South China SeaA move that could further escalate tensions amid a series of incidents that have flared up over the past year.
Comes after Manila action Defense Minister Challenged China to claim its sovereignty over this international arbitration,
The foreign minister has accused Beijing's coast guard of using water cannon against a civilian boat carrying supplies to troops second thomas shoal, The Philippines claimed that some of the crew were injured in the action.
Foreign Ministry alleged china coast guard The use of water cannon against a civilian boat supplying troops at Second Thomas Shoal on Saturday damaged the boat and injured some crew members, the latest in a series of flare-ups over the past year.
“China's continued interference in the Philippines' regular and lawful activities in its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) is unacceptable,” the Philippine Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Protest was lodged in Beijing.
“This is a violation of the sovereign rights and jurisdiction of the Philippines,” it said, demanding the Chinese vessels leave the area.
China's coast guard on Saturday said it has taken necessary measures against Philippine vessels intruding into its territorial waters.
China's coast guard confirmed on Saturday that it had taken action against Philippine vessels that intruded into its territorial waters, including the Second Thomas Shoal, located within the Philippines' 200-mile EEZ.
The Philippines deliberately beached an old warship in 1999 to strengthen its power. territorial claims, a small military presence has been maintained there since then. Despite the 2016 decision Permanent Court of Arbitration Beijing has been asserting its dominance by refusing to accept the decision, against China's claims in the South China Sea.
In response to the recent incident, Philippine security officials held a high-level meeting on Monday to formulate recommendations for President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on how to address the ongoing dispute.



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