04 Jun '11, 8am

China undermines regional peace: Philippines

MANILA: The Philippines on Saturday accused China of undermining peace and stability in Asia by allegedly sending naval vessels to intimidate rival claimants in disputed sections of the South China Sea. Manila had protested over incidents in February-May, when the Chinese navy allegedly opened fire on Filipino fishermen, intimidated a Philippine oil exploration ship and put posts and a buoy in Philippine-claimed areas. "The Philippines noted that these actions of Chinese vessels hamper the normal and legitimate fishing activities of the Filipino fishermen in the area and undermines the peace and stability of the region," Manila said. "The actions of the Chinese vessels in Philippine waters are serious violations of Philippine sovereignty and maritime jurisdiction," added a statement issued by the foreign department. Manila had also earlier queried Beijing over plans report...

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