On Sunday night, China’s coast guard announced it had escorted a Philippine coast guard ship that had repeatedly invaded waters near Huangyan Island in the South China Sea, stressing that the Chinese response was “professional and standardized.”
In a statement, Gan Yu, a spokesman for China’s coast guard, said that between February 2 and 9, a Philippine coast guard vessel illegally entered waters near China’s Huangyan Island “several times”.
He said China’s coast guard took measures to control the course of the Philippine vessel and forcibly sent it away after verbal warnings proved ineffective, handling the situation professionally and in accordance with regulations.
He said China has indisputable sovereignty over Huangyan Island and the surrounding waters.
“China’s coast guard consistently carries out proper defense and law enforcement activities in waters under China’s jurisdiction to protect national sovereignty and maritime rights and interests,” he added.