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Philippines rejects fishing ban in China, keeps Chinese vessels away

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The Philippines said China’s unilateral fishing ban in the South China Sea does not apply to areas of the Southeast Asian nation, another sign of tension between the two countries. .

The National Task Force for the Western Philippine Sea “opposes China’s imposition of the same on areas of Philippine territory and jurisdiction,” he said in a statement Tuesday. “Our fishermen are encouraged to come out and fish in our waters.” Vietnam had opposed China’s ban on fishing in waters that include areas where it has claims.

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The Southeast Asian nation will continue law enforcement patrols and rotating maritime exercises on the waters of its exclusive economic zone, the task force said, condemning the Chinese coast guard for their “maneuvers. dangerous ”against their Filipino counterpart at the end of April in Scarborough. Shoal.

The task force said it also spotted seven Chinese militia ships on April 27 at Sabina Shoal, 130 nautical miles off the coast of Palawan province. The ships dispersed after being stopped by the Philippine coast guard, the task force said.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin on Tuesday urged the Philippines to “respect China’s sovereignty and jurisdiction and stop taking any actions that may complicate the situation.”

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