The Philippines has stated that a ban on fishing between May 1 and August 16 by China since 1999 does not apply to Fishermen’s fishery.
The Philippines has rejected China’s annual fishing ban in the South China Sea and has urged its boats to resume fishing in local waters, as Manila said on Wednesday that Chinese vessels have entered the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
China’s fishing ban from 1999 from May 1 to August 16 and affects the South China Sea and other waters from China.
“The ban on fish does not work for our fishermen,” the Philippine military ‘South China Sea said in a statement Tuesday.
The group opposed China’s law banning the occupied territories and the Philippines, adding that “our fishermen are encouraged to go fishing in our waters in the WPS (West Philippine Sea).”
The Chinese ambassador to Manila did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.
Manila, which claims that the region within the EEZ such as the West Philippine Sea, has been at loggerheads over the years over Beijing’s claim to sovereignty over the entire South China Sea.
International Court of Justice in La Haye in 2016 distorted China’s claims, but China has rejected the ruling.
Tensions between the two countries escalated after Manila accused China of looting the territory and hundreds of its ships on a wealthy waterways.
The Philippines has staged a series of protests against China over what it claims to be The “illegal” availability of hundreds of Chinese ships, which he calls “militime militia”.
Chinese diplomats say the boats were in danger from the high seas and there were no troops.
In a recent statement, the Philippine South China Sea task force said Wednesday that it had spotted seven “Chinese navy” soldiers on the Sabina coast in the disputed islands of Spratly on April 27, dispersed by opposition from Philippine coast guards.
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Five returned two days later but left shortly after the arrival of the Philippine security guards in the Philippines. The Sabina shoal is located around 130 nautical miles from the western Philippine island of Palawan.
“The Philippines is not protected by protecting our interests, protection, and our dignity as human beings and all that we have,” the group said.
Recent incursions have made media coverage and Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., who on Monday ordered the shipping of Chinese ships out of the country’s waters.
“China, friend, how can I put it in a respectful way? Let me see… O… DONATE, ”Locsin Jr. wrote on Twitter.
In response, Beijing urged Manila to adhere to the “basic rules” and avoid megaphone conversations.
“The facts have repeatedly proved that microphone conversations cannot change the facts, but they can only undermine trust,” he said.
Locsin later apologized for his remarks, but explained that they only referred to his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, and not to China.
The existing agreement between the Philippines, US counterpart, and China has escalated under the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte, who set aside The Hague’s decision in exchange for trade promises and money that critics say he has not fulfilled.
On Monday night, Duterte reiterated his claim that Manila was indebted to Beijing, saying China would “be a force for good”.
“Just because we have an argument with China, doesn’t mean we have to be rude and disrespectful.”