Sun. Sep 19th, 2021

The Philippines is filing another diplomatic protest over the continued presence of Chinese ships at a portion of the West Philippine Sea, which comes a day after an editor of the Chinese newspaper warned that his country can dish out “strong response” on the issue.

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) earlier said it would file a diplomatic protest for each day the Chinese vessels are present in waters that are within the country’s 200-mile exclusive economic zone. The DFA filed the country’s second diplomatic protest over the issue on Monday.

It was on March 21 that the Philippines filed its first diplomatic protest over the issue.

Aside from filing the diplomatic protests, the DFA reminded the Chinese Embassy in Manila to show respect towards Philippine government officials.

This after the Chinese Embassy called Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana “unprofessional” as the Defense chief has been repeatedly calling for the withdrawal of the Chinese ships from Julian Felipe Reef.

Meanwhile, Hu Xijin, an editor of the Global Times newspaper, issued a warning to the Armed Forces of the Philippines related to the issue.

“I would like to warn the Philippine military that it should not act rashly other than making some noise. Otherwise, China will definitely give a strong response,” he said. SOVEREIGNPH

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