Philippines Says 220 Chinese Militia Vessels Seen Moored In Disputed Waters

FILE – In this March 7, 2021, photo provided, March 21, 2021, by the Philippine Coast Guard/National Task Force-West Philippine Sea, some of the 220 Chinese vessels are seen moored at Whitsun Reef, South China Sea.
Reuters: Philippines says 220 Chinese militia vessels seen in disputed waters this month
MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines expressed concern about hundreds of Chinese military vessels it said were spotted this month in the disputed South China Sea, the latest example of tension in the crucial waterway.
The Philippine Coast Guard reported that some 220 vessels, believed to be manned by Chinese maritime militia personnel, were seen moored in line formation at a reef on March 7, a cross-government task force said late on Saturday.
Foreign minister Teodoro Locsin, asked whether he would file a diplomatic protest over the ships’ presence, told a journalist on Twitter: “Only if the generals tell me. In my watch foreign policy is the fist in the iron glove of the armed forces.”
WNU Editor: Looking at the above picture released by the Philippine Coast Guard …. those are big vessels, and it looks like they are moored to stay.
Here is my prediction. My gut tells me that the Chinese are not going to obey this Philippine demand that they leave …. Philippines asks Chinese flotilla to leave disputed reef (DW). More here …. Philippine Defense Chief Asks Chinese Flotilla to Leave Reef (COA/AP).
More News On The Philippines Saying 220 Chinese Militia Vessels Seen Moored In Disputed Waters
Wary Philippines says 200 Chinese vessels at disputed reef — CNBC/AP
Philippines accuses China of 'incursion' in disputed sea — CNA/AFP
South China Sea dispute: Huge Chinese 'fishing fleet' alarms Philippines — BBC
Philippines Says 220 Chinese Vessels Spotted at Disputed Reef — Bloomberg
Philippines accuses Beijing of ‘militarizing’ South China Sea with ‘provocative’ presence of 220 naval vessels — RTOriginal Article

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