The Philippines accused China of establishing a strong colony in the South China Sea over fears of a major conflict between the two countries.
It comes as a US carrier group led by USS Theodore Roosevelt, returning to the area for the second time in less than two months.
Over the past few weeks, about 220 Chinese military ships controlled by the Maritime Guards have “grouped” around a disputed reef in the South China Sea, with the Philippines warning that “aggression” could “cause” a “threat to the reef. Fight you don’t want it ”- Hardest quote from Manila.
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China insists the vessel is merely a fishing boat, living in the area due to unfavorable sea conditions ̵1; but they are not fishing and the weather is fine. It also turns on powerful lights at night. The Philippine government said the ship was part of the Chinese Maritime Guard and was carried by a reserve operating under the command of the Coast Guard and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
The ship is moored at the Whitsun Reef within Manila’s 200-mile special economic zone, and there are fears that Chinese ships may try to claim the reef. The Philippine Defense Minister warned that Beijing was planning to occupy and assert more conflicting control of the territory.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte voiced concern to Chinese ambassadors about Chinese ships assembling in the South China Sea, and Vietnam also urged Beijing to respect its maritime sovereignty. On Tuesday, Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi voiced serious concerns over his Chinese counterpart about the attack.
The reef is part of the Spratly Islands, one of the main troubled islands in the South China Sea, about 200 miles west of the Philippine province of Palawan.The Philippines says the offshore area is part of the territory. Their But China, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam all or part of the claim.
An international court dismissed China’s claims of 90 percent of the South China Sea in 2016, but Beijing refused the ruling. China has built islands in disputed waters in recent years, allowing some to fly. Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Brunei all have claimed rights to the sea.
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Meanwhile, the USS Theodore Roosevelt sailed into the South China Sea to operate. The second “regular operation” has appeared in disputed waters in less than two months. A group of vessels entered the South China Sea on April 4, the unit will conduct various drills while in the area, from anti-submarine drills to “Harmonized tactical training”
Meanwhile, the first Chinese aircraft carrier group has begun exercises near Taiwan and said such exercises will become commonplace. The Chinese Navy said the carrier group, led by Liaoning, the country’s first aircraft carrier to enter service, was conducting “regular” exercises in waters near Taiwan.
The aim is “It will increase the capacity to protect the sovereignty, security and development interests of the nation,” it said. “Similar exercises will be conducted regularly in the future,” the Chinese Navy added, without elaboration.
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The Chinese statement follows a Taiwan Defense Ministry report on a new attack by the Chinese Air Force in the island’s air defense identification zone on Monday. In the seas around Taiwan and “properly managed” in this regard.
Meanwhile, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen is overseeing the redevelopment of the island’s military by introducing new offensive equipment such as stealth cruisers. “Cargo killer” to try to stop Chinese aggression.