Philippines Protests Chinas Illicit Warnings, Coast Guard Conduct

MANILA—The Philippines has lodged a diplomatic protest over what it said was Chinas illegal confiscation of fish aggregating devices from Filipino fisherman in a disputed lagoon held by Beijing in the South China Sea.

The Philippine foreign ministry said the incident happened three months ago at the Scarborough Shoal, a prime fishing site seized by Beijing in 2012 after a standoff that prompted an unprecedented international legal challenge by Manila.

In a statement late on Thursday, it gave no other details about that incident, but it also protested Chinas “continuing illicit issuances of radio challenges (to) Philippine aircraft conducting legitimate regular maritime patrols.”

Chinas coast guard routinely warns foreign planes and vessels passing through and over international waters.

The Philippine protest comes amid concern in the region and by the United States and allies about what they see as provocative Chinese activities and military exercises in contested parts of the strategic waterway.

Vietnam on Thursday complained about the presence of Chinese bombers on the Paracel islands.

China claims historic ownership of most of the South China Sea using old maps that it says are proof of sovereignty. Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also have claims.

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Chinese boats fish at the disputed Scarborough Shoal April 5, 2017. (Erik De Castro/Reuters)

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