Philippine coastguard shoos Chinese ship from South China Sea zone


In this Jan 17, 2019, file photo, a dragon dance welcomes Wuhu, a Type 054A guided missile frigate, as it docks at Manila's South Harbor for a four-day port call in Manila, Philippines. The Philippine coastguard said on Monday (July 19, 2021) it had warned and followed a Chinese warship out of waters within the country’s exclusive economic zone in the disputed South China Sea. - AP

MANILA, July 19 (dpa): The Philippine coastguard said on Monday it had warned and followed a Chinese warship out of waters within the country’s exclusive economic zone in the disputed South China Sea.

The incident happened on July 13 off Marie Louise Bank, 147 nautical miles from the coast of El Nido town in the Philippines’ western province of Palawan, the coastguard said.

The Chinese ship, which apparently identified as "Chinese Navy Warship 189," moved away from Marie Louise Bank after repeated challenges by the coastguard vessel BRP Cabra.

On June 30, the coastguard drove five Chinese ships and two Vietnamese vessels away from around the same area.

The Philippines has been stepping up patrols in the South China Sea amid increasing presence of Chinese ships in the disputed area.

Since March, nearly 300 Chinese ships have been spotted in various parts of the South China Sea, including areas that are claimed by the Philippines and are within the country’s exclusive economic zone.

China claims almost the entire South China Sea as its territory and has built artificial islands with military-capable facilities in the area.

Aside from the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also have overlapping claims to the area, which is believed to be rich in natural resources. - dpa
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