South China Sea: Chinese Ships Again Harassing Filipino Fishermen — Despite Love Making From Philippine President Duterte — Filipino Fishermen Can’t Even Fish in Their Own Ocean if They Beg?

China has little us for international law or its weaker neighbors…. Good luck with “quiet diplomacy.”

Chinese ships harass Filipino fishers in Panatag

One of 10 Chinese ships monitored by the Department of National Defense near Bajo de Masinloc on Sept.6, 2016. Release by Department of National Defense, file
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MANILA, Philippines — Chinese Coast Guard ships harassed Filipino fishermen in Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal off Zambales recently despite calls by President Rodrigo Duterte for China to allow fishing in the area, which is in the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone.
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Three Chinese Coast Guard vessels and two Filipino boats were seen at the traditional fishing route last Sept. 6, according to Philippine Coast Guard reports submitted to the National Security Council—Task Force West Philippine Sea.
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“The Chinese Coast Guard Vessel moved to the location of a Filipino banca. Upon reaching the Filipino banca, a Chinese Coast Guard personnel onboard a rubber boat ordered the Filipino banca to leave the area,” the NSC quoted the PCG as saying in a statement issued Tuesday.
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The NSC said the crew of the Filipino boat was bargaining with the Chinese Coast Guard personnel to let them stay in the area to fish. Another Chinese Coast Guard rubber boat headed towards the Filipino fishing bancas.
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The local fishermen, however, refused to leave the area.
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“During that time, the captain of the Filipino banca signaled his crew members to return to their mother boat,” the NSC said.
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Philippine Coast Guard operatives then spotted another Filipino boat approaching the shoal.
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“When the Filipino banca was around three nautical miles from Bajo de Masinloc (another name for Panatag Shoal), it was blocked by the Chinese Coast Guard. The Filipino banca outmaneuvered the Chinese Coast Guard vessel,” the PCG report said.
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Filipino banca-type boat
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“Two Chinese rubber boats were deployed to intercept the Filipino banca from reaching Bajo de Masinloc. The Chinese rubber boats eventually disengaged and went back to their respective mother boats.”
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The three Filipino boats stayed within the area for the night but left in the morning for fear of being harassed by the Chinese ships.
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NSC said the PCG monitored a China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy ship patrolling the shoal the following day. A Chinese Coat Guard vessel was also seen near the vicinity of the shoal on Sept. 10.
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“The PCG reported the Chinese Coast Guard vessel moved closer to the position of a Filipino banca. The Chinese Coast Guard vessel launched a rubber boat and encircled the banca,” NSC said.
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“A number of the Chinese Coast Guard personnel were seen taking photos and videos. The Filipino banca decided to leave the area to avoid further harassment.”
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Yasay: PH to use ‘quiet diplomacy’
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Sought for comment, Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. said the Philippines would continue to use “quiet diplomacy” to address its maritime dispute with China.
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Philippines Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay © Erik De Castro

Philippines Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr.

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“We have verified that these vessels are not the small kind of vessels traditional fishermen would be using to access Scarborough Shoal,” Yasay told reporters in Malacañang Tuesday.
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“We will thresh it out with China to see if this is true. From what we saw, they do not have any fishing activity.”
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Yasay said there are no indications for now that the Chinese ships are planning to conduct reclamation in the shoal.
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“It seems that our suspicion that they intend to pursue reclamation activities have no basis,” he said.
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Early this month, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said at least ten Chinese ships were spotted around the Panatag Shoal.
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In 2012, Chinese surveillance ships blocked a Philippine Navy vessel chasing Chinese poachers who had harvested endangered species in the area.
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China has since maintained its presence in the shoal and has been preventing Filipino fishermen from entering what used to be their traditional fishing route.
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Related:
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 (On July 12, 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague said China “nine dash line claim” in the South China Sea was not valid. The court was also highly critical of China’s environmental destruction in the South China Sea.) (See Below)
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China dredger Tian Jing Hao. Dozens of dredges like this have been and are being used in China’s environmental rape of the South China Sea and island building.

Reef debris after destruction by a Chinese super dredge

 (This    article has links to several  others related to environmental issues in the South China Sea).

A green sea turtle is seen off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii.

A green sea turtle.(Reuters)

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Chinese bomber near Scarborough Shoal earlier this year

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President Duterte

Russian and Chinese troops practice amphibious operations together during Joint Sea 2016 in the South China Sea. Chinese (in blue camouflage) and Russian (in green camouflage) move inland with cover provided by a ZDB-05 amphibious tank. Xinhua photo

 (Ties to South China Sea, giant clams, pangolins, coral reef destruction, etc)

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Chinese Joint Sea 2016 with Russia featured this taskforce led by the Type 052C destroyer Zhengzhou, consisting of some of China’s most modern warships. Credit Xinhua
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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attend a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, September 12, 2016. REUTERS/Lintao Zhang/Pool
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Vietnam has long worried about China’s theft of Vietnamese natural resources, including fish and oil. In this photos a Chinese Coast Guard vessel (R) passes near the Chinese oil rig, Haiyang Shi You 981 (L) in the South China Sea, about 210 km (130 miles) from the coast of Vietnam June 13, 2014. REUTERS/Nguyen Minh

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Fishing boats set sail from Tongling port in Dongshan County, southeast China’s Fujian Province, Aug. 1, 2015.

 (“China risks becoming a pariah nation because of its overfishing, illegal fishing and damage to the global ocean environments….”)

China Coast Guard — In this photo released by the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters of Japan, a Chinese coastguard vessel sails near the disputed islands in the East China Sea on August 6, 2016. Japan said this ship was watching over more than 200 Chinese fishing boats fishing illegally in Japanese waters. AP

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One Response to “South China Sea: Chinese Ships Again Harassing Filipino Fishermen — Despite Love Making From Philippine President Duterte — Filipino Fishermen Can’t Even Fish in Their Own Ocean if They Beg?”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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