Tuesday, 17 September, 2019

Boat accident in disputed waters tests Chinese-Philippine relationship

DND: Chinese ship hit, sank PH vessel in West PH Sea South China Sea Collision Talk Threatens to Rock China-Philippines Relations
Patty Aguilar | 13 June, 2019, 22:01

A FILIPINO fishing vessel sank after it collided with a Chinese ship in the area of the West Philippine Sea, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Wednesday.

"We condemn in the strongest terms the cowardly action of the Chinese fishing vessel and its crew for abandoning the Filipino crew".

"The captain and the crew of the Chinese vessel should not have left the injured party without any assistance".

China has long demanded that the Philippines remove the rusting navy ship which Filipino marines use as an outpost, but the Philippines has refused.

Philippines' Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr. arrives for a Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) at the European Council in Brussels on October 18, 2018. "This is not the expected action from a responsible and friendly people", he added. "E 'di we will cut off diplomatic relations", Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a media briefing on Thursday.

Panelo joins Lorenzana in calling for an investigation and sanction against the Chinese crewmen for their actions.

Chinese ships have previously blocked Philippine military and civilian vessels at Reed Bank and nearby Second Thomas Shoal, the AP reported.

"The order should remain in full effect until the Chinese government has done the following", Hontiveros said in a statement, adding that China should explain why its fishing vessel is in the West Philippine Sea, identify and punish the crew involved, and promise that it won't happen again.

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Panelo said, "Regardless of the nature of the collision, whether it was accidental or intentional, common decency and the dictates of humanity require the immediate saving of the crew of the downed Philippine vessel".

"The critics of Duterte's China policy are going to seize on this unfortunate incident to cast a shadow of doubt over his approach to the South China Sea", said Richard Heydarian, a fellow at the National Chengchi University in Taiwan and author of a book on the president.

The Chinese Embassy in Manila did not immediately respond. The skipper of the Vietnamese vessel that rescued the Filipinos handed them over to officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command.

The waters are strategically important and Manila calls the area the West Philippine Sea.

The 22 crewmen of the FB Gimver were rescued by a Vietnamese vessel that was in the vicinity of Recto Bank, a shallow reef inside the territorial waters of the country, some 50 nautical miles off Palawan.

But the president has been observed to be less firm with China, repeatedly stressing that the Philippines can not afford a war over the maritime dispute. Meanwhile, China rejects the arbitral ruling and continues to claim virtually the entire South China Sea.

The government earlier protested the swarming of Chinese vessels around Philippine-occupied Pag-asa Island and Chinese fishermen's harvesting of giant clams, locally known as taklobos, in Scarborough Shoal.

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