China continues to blame Philippines for provoking South China Sea dispute

A Philippine Coast Guard rigid hull inflatable boat passes by the Japanese Coast Guard Akitsushima (PLH-32) during a trilateral Coast Guard drill of the United States, Japan, and Philippines, near the waters of the disputed South China See in Bataan province, Philippines on June 6, 2023. - AP file Read more: Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook

MANILA: China continues to blame the Philippines for the dispute in the West Philippine Sea, saying the latter’s change of policy, position, and its refusal to “honour its commitment” violate international law.

In a regular press briefing, Chinese Foreign Ministry Mao Ning said the “recent developments” in the South China Sea are caused by the Philippines’ deliberate infringement of China’s sovereignty and provocations.

“The responsibility lies with the Philippines. China will resolutely protect its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests,” Mao said on Tuesday (Dec 26) evening.

Mao’s statement came after Col Medel Aguilar, Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson, said that the Philippines is not provoking conflict in the West Philippine Sea — a direct response to China’s accusation that Manila is encroaching on Beijing’s territory.

“We hope that the Philippines will make a wise choice, return to the right track of properly handling disputes through dialogue and consultation, and work with China to properly handle and manage the situation at sea,” said Mao. - Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN

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