Philippines asks Chinese flotilla to leave disputed reef | News | DW | 21.03.2021

On Sunday, the Philippine defense chief demanded that more than 200 Chinese vessels he said were manned by militias leave a South China Sea reef claimed by both Manila and Beijing.

“We call on the Chinese to stop this incursion and immediately recall these boats violating our maritime rights and encroaching into our sovereign territory,” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement.

He warned that the Philippines would uphold its sovereign rights.

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin later tweeted that Manila had filed a diplomatic protest over the Chinese presence.

Source: Philippines asks Chinese flotilla to leave disputed reef | News | DW | 21.03.2021