TRENDING: 10 CHINESE SHIPS SPOTTED IN SCARBOROUGH SHOAL. RECLAIMING AGAIN?
About 10 Chinese vessels were spotted near Scarborough Shoal, fueling speculations that reclaiming activities may start again soon.
Scarborough Shoal has been one of the mostterritories in the West Philippine Sea. The said shoal is closer to the Philippine compared to China.
Philippine Defense MinisterLorenzana has reiterated during a press briefing last Sunday, September 4, that he is deeply concerned about such activities in the disputedarea.
It is possible that the vessels could carry troops, and that it was most likely a precursor of theof a in Scarborough Shoal.
Another concern of Lorenzana is that, theof the vessels in the Shoal appeared to be utilized for dredging, which could lead to building structures in the area.
According to China’sHua Chunying, the situation in the disputed area has not changed. The Philippines has asked China to provide an explanation for the unusually large number of vessels in the area.
However, the nature of the vessels that are currently found in Scarborough Shoal and the timing are not something that can be easily ignored.
Although the Philippines has won in the Permanentof Arbitration (PCA), China refused to abide by the ruling, which struck down the nine-dash-line claim of China in Scarborough.
The Shoal is only about 120 miles from the coast of the Philippines, and has been one of the richest fishing grounds where Filipino fishermen.
Aside from disregarding China’s claim, the PCA also ruled that barringfrom the area is tantamount to a violation of “traditional fishing rights.”
A number of foreign diplomats and experts believe that China is deploying the vessels in Scarborough because of plans to build another military outpost, just like what they’ve done at Spratly’s.[source]