|Beijing brushes off Manila’s complaints over islands incident, Philippines found wanting on proof
China does not accept the so-called “protest" by Philippines on the alleged firing of water cannon at Filipino fishermen, the Chinese embassy in Manila said today.
“China has indisputable sovereignty over the South China Sea islands and adjacent waters, Huangyan Island included," said embassy spokesman Zhuang Hua, adding that government vessels are conducting regular patrols in waters within China's jurisdiction.
Zhuang made the remarks after Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs summoned the charge d'affaires of the Chinese embassy today to “strongly protest" the efforts of China to prohibit Filipino fishermen from undertaking fishing activities in Huangyan Island, referred to as Bajo de Masinloc by Philippines.
Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez said at a news briefing that a Chinese coast guard vessel fired water cannon at two out of 14 Philippine fishing boats to drive them off from near Huangyan Island on January 27.
But when asked whether Philippines has any material evidence such as photos or video to prove Chinese coast guard fired water cannon at Filipino fishermen, Hernandez said: “I don't have them now, but certainly this information are confirmed."
He said these incidents were confirmed by Filipino fishermen.
Zhuang Hua said: “We urge the Philippine side to work with the Chinese side to resolve differences through bilateral consultations and negotiations."--Xinhua