“China didn’t protest when I redesigned Immigration entry stamp on all passports including the Chinese with its 9-dash line. My stamp stamps the entire West Philippine Sea & all within 200-mile EEZ as OURS, THE PHILIPPINES’,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin said commenting on news article regarding former foreign affairs secretary Albert del Rosario’s call to protest China’s establishment of 2 new districts in South China Sea.
Chinese news outlet CGTN has reported that Sansha City, Hainan has established two districts, the Paracel (Xisha) District and Spratly (Nansha) District, following the approval of the State Council.
In relation to this, former foreign secretary del Rosario urged the Philippine government to file a protest.
“We therefore respectfully urge our government to protest this recent action of China, as it rightly did over the sinking of the Vietnamese fishing boat on April 8, 2020,” del Rosario said in a statement. “These recent events in the South China Sea remind us Filipinos to be eternally vigilant in the defense of our country’s territory and sovereign rights even as we confront a very grave threat as COVID-19.”
“These show that China has been relentless in exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic as it continues to pursue its illegal and expansive claims in the South China Sea to the prejudice of Filipinos, the ASEAN states and the international community as a whole,” he added.