Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

THE PHILIPPINES FILES DIPLOMATIC PROTEST OVER CHINA'S ESTABLISHMENT OF OF SANSHA CITY IN SOUTH CHINA SEA



The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs has filed a formal protest with China, over that country's establishment of an extensive prefectural-level municipality around Sansha City. The protest, which was lodged due to the fact that the Philippines considers it a fresh attempt to exercise control over the Spratley Islands, includes an area within the Philippines' Exclusive Economic Zone, which extends out 200 n.m.

Sansha City HQ (official photo)


The newly-established municipality contains over two hundred reefs, sandbars and islets, encroaches upon sovereign territory of a number of neighboring nations, including the Philippines and Vietnam. This new Chinese tactic is certain to become an aggravating factor in the ongoing South China Sea dispute.

Aerial view of Sansha "City"

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