Friday, March 14, 2014
Dept of Foreign Affairs Belies Alleged Philippine's Pull Out from Ayungin Shoal
In a remote corner of the South China Sea, 105 Nautical Miles from the Philippines lies a submerged reef that Pilipinos call Ayungin. In most ways it resembles the hundreds of other reefs, islands, rock clusters and cays that collectively are called the Spratly islands. But Ayungin is different in the reef's shallows there sits a forsaken ship manned by Pilipino troops whose job is China in check. The Dept. of Foreign Affairs (DFA) today issued a statement to belle China's allegation that the country has agreed to pull out of the Ayungin shoal. The DFA dismissed allegations made by China that the Philippine government broke it's unequivocal commitment to remove it's stranded ship in Ayungin Shoal before signing the Declaration of Conduct of Parties in South China Sea in 2002. China earlier accused the Philippines of breaking it's promise to remove the stranded ship from the Ayungin Shoal which, the Chinese calls the Ren'ai Reef. The Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang has been referring to an incident last Sunday wherein 2 Philippine vessels were prevented by Chinese Coast Guard ships from going to Ayungin Shoal in the Kalayaan Group of Islands. The DFA already expressed its objections to China's recent actions in the Ayungin Shoal through a note verbale. It also urged China to desist from any further interference with the efforts of the Philippines to undertake rotation and resupply operations at the Ayungin shoal.
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