China-Philippines Relations: Beijing Rejects Manila’s Concerns Over Chinese Ships Incident


Vishakha Sonawane


International Business Times


 March 10, 2017


China rejected Friday claims made by the Philippines that Beijing sent survey ships into the latter’s 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone. On Thursday, the Philippines Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Chinese ships were found in recent months near its coast and a warship was spotted 70 miles off its western coast in the South China Sea. Lorenzana said satellite images showed Chinese ships for three months in 2016 in Benham Rise, an area the United Nations has declared a territory of the Philippines' continental shelf.