Philippines says it protests China 'harassment' of navy boat
Philippines says it protests China 'harassment' of navy boat
Philippines Foreign Minister Duterte Ready to ‘Go to War’ over South China Sea AFP 29 May 2018
01 June, 2018, 04:45
Reutersfirst reported that two US Navy warships sailed near South China Sea islands claimed by China on Sunday, prompting anger in Beijing, which claims most of the strategic waters where Chinese, Japanese and some Southeast Asian navies operate.
"(The sailings) contravened Chinese and relevant worldwide law, seriously infringed upon Chinese sovereignty (and) harmed strategic mutual trust between the two militaries", he said.
Marco Rubio and Cory Gardner, expressed "grave concerns" over Beijing's actions and stated that "we believe there is strong bipartisan congressional support for taking significant actions in response to the Chinese government's continuing militarization of the South China Sea".
This is a weekly look at the latest developments in the South China Sea, the location of several territorial conflicts that have raised tensions in the region. This comes at a time when the US President Trump seeks to seek Beijing cooperation on North Korea. "So, when the critics tells us na dapat kontrolado 'yan, we simply state the fact that nawala noon 'yan, ngayon we're trying to get it back", Cayetano said.
The ruling, however, was promulgated when Duterte was already president.
"We note with serious concern the growing militarization in the area, such as the deployment of military assets, especially on features near the Philippine territory", Esperon said.
The U.S. military does not comment on the specifics of what it calls "freedom of navigation" exercises meant to assert the Navy's right to sail and operate in any zone deemed legal under worldwide law.
"This administration does not and will not abandon the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration on the South China Sea disputes", he stressed.
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Esperon said the government was also upgrading the port and airstrip facilities in Pag-asa Island as part of its efforts to promote the welfare of Filipinos living in the area.
Mattis said despite Chinese President Xi Jinping's vow not to militarize the Spratly Islands during the past month Beijing moved weaponry there.
Mattis said American ships are maintaining a "steady drumbeat" of naval operations around the disputed islands, adding that "only one country" seems to be bothered by the vessels' routine activities. "But we're also going to confront what we believe is out of step with global law and out of step with worldwide tribunals that have spoken on the issue, and part of this is we maintain a very transparent military activity out in the Pacific", Mattis said.
Manila is pursuing a joint exploration agreement with Beijing for oil and natural gas reserves in their claimed territory in the South China Sea.
China's foreign minister said China had a right to take whatever measures it deemed fit on its island holdings, and the defense ministry criticized the US move as "unconstructive", saying it would do nothing to change China's resolve to "play a role in maintaining peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region".
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