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Philippines removes Chinese barrier at contested South China Sea shoal

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Philippines removes Chinese barrier at contested South China Sea shoal

Manila earlier said action would be taken ‘to protect the rights of our fishermen in the area’Beijing had defended the cordon, saying ‘necessary measures’ were taken after boat ‘intruded’South China SeaLaura ZhouPublished: 6:00am, 26 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

The Philippine coastguard said it removed a floating barrier installed by China at the contested Scarborough Shoal, as observers urged Beijing to avoid escalating the dispute.President Ferdinand Marcos Jnr and his special task force on the South China Sea ordered that the cordon – at the entrance to the lagoon at Scarborough Shoal – be removed, the coastguard said in a statement on Monday.

“The barrier posed a hazard to navigation, a clear violation of international law. It also hinders the conduct of fishing and livelihood activities of Filipino fisherfolk,” the coastguard said, calling the shoal “an integral part of the Philippine national territory”.

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Philippines condemns ‘floating barrier’ set up by Chinese fishermen in Scarborough Shoal

Philippines condemns ‘floating barrier’ set up by Chinese fishermen in Scarborough Shoal

Philippine national security adviser Eduardo Ano had earlier on Monday said action would be taken to get rid of the 300-metre (980-foot) barrier “to protect the rights of our fishermen in the area”.

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