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China has affirmed it is no longer heading out Filipino fishermen from Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal.

Chinese remote service representative Hua Chunying told columnists in Beijing her legislature made “appropriate game plans” after President Duterte communicated worry about access to the shore.

Hua said the issue had been taken care of “in view of the companionship amongst China and the Philippines.”

A week ago, Filipino fishermen started coming back from the reef with a lot of catch.

The Chinese unwinding of their hang on Panatag came days after Duterte’s arrival from his state visit to Beijing last Oct. 21.

Amid the visit, Duterte said he examined with Chinese President Xi Jinping the sea debate. Duterte had likewise reported amid his visit his outside approach turn to China.

In Manila, the advancement at the reef remains a confuse to Philippine authorities.

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said they respected the advancement yet focused there was no assention between the Philippines and China that incited the last to stop its bar of the reef to Filipino fishermen.

“There was no expressed agreement but it seems like the traditional rights of our fishermen are being respected. There is no talk of the territorial rights. There is no talk on assertion of rights but they respect our traditional rights,” Esperon said.

The Chinese grabbed the reef – additionally called Bajo de Masinloc – in 2012 after a standoff with the Philippine Navy, which attempted to capture Chinese poachers in the range. The Chinese have not left the shore from that point forward.

An UN-sponsored worldwide tribunal situated in The Hague proclaimed in July that Panatag Shoal is a typical fishing ground.

The tribunal, in a similar decision, discredited China’s monstrous nine-dash line guarantee in the South China Sea and West Philippine Sea.

Located 124 nautical miles from Zambales, Panatag Shoal is well within the country’s 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Starting yesterday, Esperon said there were not any more Chinese maritime ships around the reef and what remained were just drift watch ships.

Esperon likewise kept up that in spite of the advancement, the Philippines is not surrendering its power over the territory to China, which was conjuring its “authentic rights” to attest its claim.

“Possibly not presently but rather when we go to another round of talks, we’ll again declare it,” he said.



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