Chinese presence near island 'illegal'
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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday declared the presence of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa (Thitu) Island in the Kalayaan Island Group “illegal.” The DFA said Pag-asa Island is part of the Kalayaan or Spratly group, “an integral part of the Philippines over which it has sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction.” Assistant Secretary Emmanuel Fernandez stressed this in a statement amid the reported huge number of Chinese vessels circling Pag-asa Island in the contested West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
Tamayo, B. E., & Reyes, D. (2019, April 5). Chinese presence near island 'illegal'. The Manila Times, pp. A1, A2.
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Territorial waters; Disputes; Jurisdiction; United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea; International law; Law of the sea; Governments; Military operations; Fishing; Bilateral agreements; Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA); Association of Southeast Asian Nations; Department of National Defense (DND); Armed Forces of the Philippines; United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); University of the Philippines Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea; ABS-CBN N; Fernandez, Emmanuel; Xi, Jinping; Drilon, Franklin; Enrile, Juan Ponce; Batongbacal, Jay; Lorenzana, Delfin; Shanahan, Patrick
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