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China Claims ‘Respect’ Due to Vessel Sailing Near PCG Vessel at Scarborough Shoal – Manila Bulletin

China has asserted its sovereignty over Scarborough Shoal and called on the Philippines to “respect” it after the Philippines reported sighting a Chinese vessel sailing near a Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) vessel in Bajo de Masinloc, Zambales earlier this month.

A China Coast Guard (CCG) vessel with bow number 3305 sails dangerously close to the Philippine Coast Guard BRP Malabrigo in Bajo de Masinloc, Zambales on March 2, 2022. (Courtesy PCG)

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said in a press conference Monday, March 28, Huangyan Dao (Scarborough Shoal) “is the inherent territory of China”.

“China has sovereignty over Huangyan Dao and its adjacent waters as well as sovereign rights and jurisdiction over relevant waters,” Wang said.

The Foreign Ministry spokesperson also urged the Philippines to respect China’s sovereignty and “avoid interfering” with Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) patrol operations.

“We hope that the Philippine ships will sincerely respect China’s sovereignty, rights and interests, abide by China’s national law and international law, and avoid interfering with patrol and law enforcement. Chinese coasts in the aforementioned waters,” Wang said. .

This happened after the PCG reported that a CCG vessel with bow number 3305 suddenly approached and remained approximately 21 meters from the BRP Malabrigo (MRRV-4402) which was carrying out a recovery operation. maritime patrol in Bajo de Masinloc on March 2.

The PCG called the incident a “short-range maneuver” that constrained BRP Malabrigo’s maneuvering space. This is a “clear” breach of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) 1972, the PCG added.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Foreign Office (FDFA) had yet to confirm whether or not a diplomatic protest had been lodged against China over the recent incident.

On March 14, the DFA summoned Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian over the People’s Liberation Army-Navy (PLAN) report of an “illegal incursion” into the Sulu Sea, which occurred from January 29 to February 1, 2022.

China defended the reported “intrusion” and said it was an “innocent exercise of the right of passage”.

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