Manila objects to China fishing patrols
The Philippines objected Tuesday to China sending fishing patrol vessels to parts of the South China Sea claimed by Manila.
- Published: 26/02/2013 at 05:45 PM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
Beijing said it would conduct what it called "routine" fishery patrols around the disputed Spratly Islands as well as other disputed areas in the South China Sea.
"We again call on China to respect our territorial sovereignty and exclusive economic zone," the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs said, using the local name for the South China Sea.
"The Philippines strongly objects to the Chinese patrols of Philippine maritime domain," it said.
The department said the activity violates the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
China claims nearly the entire sea as its territory.
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