The Philippines has removed a floating barrier recently installed by Chinese coast guard boats to block access to a prime fishing patch within a disputed area of the South China Sea.
The Philippines has removed a floating barrier installed by the Chinese coast guard to block access to a lagoon within Scarborough Shoal – a prime fishing patch in the contested South China Sea.
In images shared by The Philippines, Chinese craft can be seen installing a 300-meter-long floating barrier across the only entrance into the atoll, blocking access to Filipino fishing vessels.
The country’s foreign ministry claims the barriers violated international law and threatened the livelihood of their fishermen.
China claims 90% of the South China Sea, overlapping with the exclusive economic zones of Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, and the Philippines.