- China claimed that the Spratlys Group of Islands are theirs
- They added that Chinese fishers have been fishing in that area for thousands of years
- China’s statement came after the Palace rebuked the presence of Chinese vessels in the West Philippine Sea
The People’s Republic of China has maintained their claim over the Spratlys Group of Islands even if after the Palace rebuked the presence of Chinese vessels in the West Philippine Sea.
KAMI learned from a report by the GMA News (author Ted Cordero) that China Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said during a press conference that the Nansha Islands or Spratlys are part of China.
"The Nansha Islands are China's territory, which is backed by sufficient historical and jurisprudential evidence," he said.
"For thousands of years, Chinese fishermen have been fishing in these waters in the South China Sea. Their rights should not be challenged,” he added.
Lu mentioned that they had taken note of the remarks made by the Philippine officials. He added that they are committed to maintaining “peace” and “stability” over the South China Sea.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry also discussed the “personal efforts” of President Rodrigo Duterte and President Xi Jinping in handling and resolving the disputes through negotiation and consultation.
"This positive momentum is hard-won and shall be all the more cherished. We hope that the Philippine side could work with us to properly deal with the South China Sea issue, uphold peace and tranquility on the sea, and bring more benefits to the two peoples,” he said.
Earlier, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that they will fill a diplomatic protest against China if it has been verified that there are Chinese vessels in Kota Island and Panata Island that are part of Spratlys.
"If they continue to be present in our territory then it is an assault to our sovereignty,” Panelo said, as reported by the CNN Philippines (author Eimor Santos).
“They have no business being there,” he added.
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