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RP, China continue to trade barbs over ‘incursions’ 05/26/2012

Saturday, May 26, 2012

RP, China continue to trade barbs over ‘incursions’

05/26/2012
After the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) declared that it has sent a May 21-dated seventh protest to the Chinese government on the dispute over the Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, the script from both sides has invariably become a matter of “he said, she said.”

On May 23, the DFA said China has escalated its presence in the Bajo de Masinloc, with close to 100 vessels of several types, including fishing boats that ought to have been off the area because a Chinese ban on fishing is enforced in the disputed territory. DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez, a former consul to China, said this was hypocritical.

Hernandez’s counterpart in Beijing, Hong Lei, said the fishermen were in the area, observing Chinese laws.
He explained that “the public service ships sent by the Chinese side to China’s Huangyan Island waters are government ships providing service and administration to Chinese fishing boats as well as performing guard, management and control duties.”.... MORE

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