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Philippines files protests vs. China actions in West Philippine Sea
Published April 22, 2020 7:57pm
Updated April 22, 2020 8:06pm
By MICHAELA DEL CALLAR

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/735175/manila-files-protests-vs-china-actions-in-west-philippine-sea/story/

The Philippines on Wednesday filed two diplomatic protests against China over supposed violations of international law and Philippine sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea, according to Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro "Teddy" Locsin Jr.

In a tweet, Locsin said the protests were filed with the Chinese Embassy in Manila and concerned China's alleged harassment of a Philippine Navy ship and its unilateral establishment of two districts that cover Philippine territories in the West Philippine Sea.

"At 5:17 pm today the Chinese embassy received 2 diplomatic protests: 1. on the pointing of a radar gun at a Philippine Navy ship in PH waters & 2. declaring parts of Philippine territory as part of Hainan province—both violations of international law & Philippine sovereignty," he said.

The two new districts - one in the Paracels and one in the Spratlys, where several areas are claimed by the Philippines - will be under the authority of the local government in Sansha, a city in the southern island of Hainan.

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Re: Philippines files protests vs. China actions in West Philippine Sea
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2020, 12:28:53 AM »
Wescom says Chinese warship readied guns vs PH Navy ship in PH territory
By: Frances Mangosing - Reporter / @FMangosingINQINQUIRER.net / 12:43 PM April 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines—A warship of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) readied its guns for firing at a Philippine Navy ship near the Philippine-occupied Rizal (Commodore) Reef in the West Philippine Sea last February, according to a ranking Philippine military official on Thursday (April 23).

The Philippine Navy ship, BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39), was on a sovereignty patrol mission when it encountered the Chinese corvette, with bow No. 514, on Feb. 17, said Vice Admiral Rene Medina, Western Command (Wescom) chief.

The Philippine ship radioed the Chinese vessel and got this response: “The Chinese government has indisputable sovereignty over the South China Sea, its islands and its adjacent waters.”

The Chinese vessel received another radio contact from the Philippine ship, instructing the Chinese ship to proceed directly to its next destination, Medina said. The Chinese vessel, however, repeated its response and maintained its course and speed.

Medina said the crew of the BRP Conrado Yap “visually observed” that the Chinese ship’s gun-firing mechanism was being aimed at the Philippine Navy vessel.

Medina described it as a “gun control director.”


“This gun control director can be used to designate and track targets and make all the main guns ready to fire in under a second,” he said.

No ESM

Although according to the Joint Task Force West, the BRP Conrado Yap does not have electronic means, called electronic support measures or ESM, to confirm that the Chinese vessel’s gun control director was readying guns for aiming and firing at the Philippine Navy ship, “the visual identification confirms this hostile intent.”

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The incident was one of the basis of two diplomatic protests filed by the Philippine government against Beijing on Wednesday (April 22).

The other basis of the diplomatic protest was China’s declaration of a section of the Philippine-claimed territory in the West Philippine Sea as part of Hainan province.

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