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‘Provocative action’: Hundreds of Chinese vessels in South China Sea alarms Philippines – ABC News

The Philippines urges China to recall more than 200 Chinese boats spotted at a reef in the South China Sea, saying the presence violates maritime rights.

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The Philippine defence chief has demanded more than 200 Chinese vessels he said were manned by militias leave a South China Sea reef claimed by Manila, saying their presence was a “provocative action of militarising the area”.
Key points:

  • The vessels’ presence in the area raises concern about overfishing and safe navigation
  • Chinese fishing fleets have long been suspected of being used as maritime militias
  • An international tribunal invalidated China’s claim to 90 per cent of the South China Sea in…

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