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Philippines summons Chinese ambassador over navy ship's 'intrusion'

The Philippines summoned China's ambassador on Monday to explain what it called the "illegal intrusion and lingering presence" of a Chinese navy vessel in waters between some of the archipelago nation's largest islands.

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The Philippines summoned China’s ambassador on Monday to explain what it called the "illegal intrusion and lingering presence" of a Chinese navy vessel in waters between some of the archipelago nation’s largest islands.

Highlights

  • The Philippines summoned China’s ambassador to explain what it called the “illegal intrusion and lingering presence” of a Chinese navy vessel in waters between some of the archipelago nation’s largest islands.
  • The foreign ministry in a statement said the Chinese navy reconnaissance ship entered Philippine waters without permission and lingered from Jan.
  • 29 to Feb.
  • 1, ignoring repeated demands to leave.
  • The deployment of military vessels in waters to which China has no claims is rare, however.
  • China has been accused by Western countries of aggression by deploying hundreds of coast guard and fishing vessels in the exclusive economic zones of its neighbours and disrupting fisheries and energy exploration work, far off its mainland.