What did the Philip­pines do in the South China Sea?

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

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


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