Statement by Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy
2021-04-05 19:09

The Chinese Embassy has taken note of the perplexing statement by Philippine Defense Secretary on Chinese fishing vessels around Niu'e Jiao in the South China Sea. We would refer him to the statement released by spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy on the presence of alleged Chinese "Maritime Militia Vessels" at Niu'e Jiao on 22 March 2022.

The Niu'e Jiao is part of China's Nansha Islands. The waters around Niu'e Jiao has been a traditional fishing ground for Chinese fishermen for many years. The Chinese fishermen have been fishing in the waters for their livelihood every year. It is completely normal for Chinese fishing vessels to fish in the waters and take shelter near the reef during rough sea conditions. Nobody has the right to make wanton remarks on such activities.

China is committed to safeguarding peace and stability in the waters and we hope that authorities concerned would make constructive efforts and avoid any unprofessional remarks which may further fan irrational emotions.

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