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Does not cooperate with the CCP, the Philippines refuses to remove stranded ships | BRP Sierra Madre | USS Madre | South China Sea (South China Sea)

[Epoch Times November 26, 2021](Epoch Times reporter Li Yan comprehensive report) The Philippine Secretary of Defense said on Thursday (November 25) that the Philippines will not remove it.strandedexistSouth China Sea (South China Sea)A navy on Renai ReefShip. Recently, the CCP made this request after preventing Philippine ships from supplying the dilapidated landing ship.

Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told reporters, “The ship has been there since 1999. If there was a promise, it would have been removed long ago.”

According to Reuters, this shipMount MadreThe landing ship (BRP Sierra Madre) deliberately in 1999strandedIn the South China Sea Renai Reef (Second Thomas Shoal, also known as Renai Shoal, Second Thomas Reef), to strengthen Manila’s sovereignty claims in the Spratly Islands.

The spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zhao Lijian, said on Wednesday (24th) that Beijing “requests the Philippines to fulfill its promise to remove its illegally shelved ships.”

This 100-meter-long (330-foot) tank landing ship was built for the U.S. Navy during World War II. Since it ran aground on Ren’ai Reef, the ship has been guarded by seven Philippine Marines, and the Philippines has supplied supplies by airdrop.

On November 18, three Chinese Coastal Police Department vessels blocked two Philippine supply ships heading to Renai Reef and used water cannons. Lorenzana gave the most severe condemnation, calling the behavior of the CCP’s Coastal Police “unlawful trespass.”

The CCP claims to have sovereignty over most of the South China Sea, and it uses a “nine-dash line” on the map to emphasize it. However, an international arbitration award in 2016 stated that this line had no legal basis.

Renai Reef is 105 nautical miles (195 kilometers) from Palawan and is located in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Philippines, which is 200 nautical miles away. This is stipulated by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which is signed by the CCP One of the parties.

“We have two documents proving that we have sovereign rights in the exclusive economic zone, but they do not, and their claims have no basis.” Lorenzana said, “China (the CCP) should abide by its international obligations.”

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (Rodrigo Duterte) said at a summit hosted by the Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping on Monday (22) that he “deeply hated” China’s recent actions on Renai Reef.

Editor in charge: Li Ling#

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