China won't accept PH's protest over water cannon firing

Posted at 02/25/14 6:09 PM

MANILA - China will not accept the “protest” of the Philippines over the water cannon incident at Scarborough Shoal or Bajo de Masinloc last January 27.

In a statement, Chinese Deputy Chief of Political Section Zhang Hua urged the Philippines to work with China to “resolve differences through bilateral consultations and negotiations.”

He stressed: “China has indisputable sovereignty over South China Sea Islands and their adjacent waters, Huangyan Island included. Chinese government vessels are conducting regular patrols within China's jurisdiction.

The Chinese side does not accept the so-called "protest" by the Philippine side.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has summoned the charge d’affaires of China to “strongly” protest the firing of water cannons at Filipino fishermen at the disputed shoal.

Foreign Affairs Spokesman Raul Hernandez said two of 14 Filipino fishing boats were 30 to 40 yards away from the shoal when the China Coast Guard vessel with Bow Number 3063 “continuously blew its horn and thereafter doused the fishing vessels with water cannons for several minutes.”

“The whole thing is under protest. Their being there is under protest. And their attempts to drive away our Filipino fishermen are also under protest. The whole scheme being undertaken by the Chinese government in our territory where we have sovereignty rights is under protest,” Hernandez said.