What did the Philippines do in the South China Sea?
FU YING, WU SHICUN N April 2012, the Philippine Navy made a provoca tive arrest of Chinese fishermen working in the Huangyan Island waters in what was later known as the Huangyan Island Incident. Arguably this became the “last straw on the camel’s back” in the fragile stability in the South China Sea, and it tested the bottom line of China’s policy and patience. Belonging to the Zhongsha Islands of China, the Huangyan Island lies west of 118°W, outside the territorial scope of the Philippines defined by the “Treaty of Paris” in 1898, the “Treaty of Washington” in 1900 and “the Convention Between the United States and Great Britain” in 1930. Until 1990s, the Huangyan Island had been marked as out of its territory by maps published in the Philippines.
On April 10, 2012, Philippine warships launched a surprise