South China Sea

 

photo:  Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason Ta Credit: USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76)

The Philippines has demanded that China withdraw its ships and fishing vessels from the vicinity of a Philippine-occupied island in the South China Sea, where the Chinese military has asserted its sovereignty and vowed to “unswervingly safeguard” the disputed territory.

Beijing accuses US of entering its waters around islands also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan without permission.

Foreign Minister Teodoro Locsin tweets expletive-laced message against Beijing even as Philippine president shies away from confrontation.

China urged the Philippines on Tuesday to observe "basic etiquette" and eschew megaphone diplomacy after the southeast Asian nation's foreign minister used an expletive-laced Twitter message to demand that China's vessels leave disputed waters.

The Philippine foreign minister on Monday demanded in an expletive-laced message on Twitter that China's vessels get out of disputed waters, marking the latest exchange in a war of words with Beijing over its activities in the South China Sea.

Announcement comes after Beijing criticised the US for sending Navy ships into the strategic area.

President Joe Biden took aim at China in his first speech to Congress on Wednesday, pledging to maintain a strong U.S. military presence in the Indo-Pacific and promising to boost technological development and trade.

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