Philippines’ Defense Chief Says China Will Be Occupying More South China Sea Areas

Around 220 Chinese militia vessels were spotted moored at Julian Felipe Reef (Whitsun) in the West Philippine Sea last March 7, 2021. (NTF WPS)
Reuters: Philippines' defence chief says China intends to occupy more South China Sea areas
MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines’ defence chief said on Sunday China was looking to occupy more areas in the South China Sea, citing the continued presence of Chinese vessels that Manila believes are manned by militias in disputed parts of the strategic waterway.
“The continued presence of Chinese maritime militias in the area reveals their intent to further occupy (areas) in the West Philippine Sea,” Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement, using the local name for the South China Sea.
It was the second hostile statement by Lorenzana in two days as he repeated calls by the Philippines for the Chinese boats to leave Whitsun Reef, which Manila calls the Julian Felipe Reef, located within its 200-mile exclusive economic zone.
Update: Lorenzana to China: Refrain from activities that disturb regional peace and security (Inquirer)
WNU Editor: No kidding about China wanting more territory!!!! No surprise. China has responded to the Philippine Defense Secretary …. Defense chief Lorenzana, China in rare word war (Rappler).Original Article

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