Philippines, Malaysia bemoan Chinese presence in disputed sea

23-Oct-2021 Intellasia | Bloomberg | 5:02 AM Print This Post

The Philippines and Malaysia on Wednesday decried continued incursions by Chinese vessels in areas of the South China Sea they claim as their own in yet another sign of continuing tensions in the disputed waters.

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs said it protested provocative actions by Chinese government vessels that used “the unlawful issuance of over 200 radio challenges, sounding of sirens, and blowing of horns” against Philippine authorities that were “conducting legitimate, customary and routine patrols.”

A Philippine coast guard ship sails past a Chinese coastguard ship during an joint exercise between Philippine and U.S. coastguards in 2019.  Photographer: Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images

A Philippine coast guard ship sails past a Chinese coastguard ship during an joint exercise between Philippine and U.S. coastguards in 2019. Photographer: Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images

“These provocative acts threaten the peace, good order, and security of the South China Sea and run contrary to China’s obligations under international law,” the agency said on its official Twitter account.

Tensions between the two nations over the disputed sea have escalated over the past months with the Philippines repeatedly protesting the presence of Chinese ships in the area. Manila has been backed by the US, while Beijing has said its actions were normal and legitimate.

Malaysia’s Foreign minister Saifuddin Abdullah warned separately on Wednesday during an event that his country could see more Chinese ships in its maritime territory so long as state-owned Petronas continues developing the Kasawari gas field located within its exclusive economic zone off the coast of Sarawak.

Malaysia earlier this month summoned the Chinese ambassador for the second time this year to protest the presence of ships in its territorial waters. prime minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob previously warned there were be no compromises if there’s a threat in South China Sea.

“I have lost count the number of protest notes we have sent to China,” Saifuddin said. “We will be steadfast and continue to respond diplomatically to them.”

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