- Posted April 30, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Eye on the Philippines
China VS Philippines over Scarborough Shoals
For almost 3 weeks now, Chinese maritime ships are facing off with Philippine civilian vessels at Scarborough Shoal as China and the Philippines stand firm on their rival claims over the Scarborough Shoals which is 124 nautical miles (220 kilometers) west of Zambales province. That is well within the Philippines’ 330-kilometer exclusive economic zone (EEZ), but China ignores it, insisting on its claim to all of the South China Sea.
Scarborough Shoals known in the Philippines as Bajo de Masinloc is an integral part of the municipality of Masinloc in the province of Zambales according to Philippine officials
Chinese is insisting that they have discovered the area historically but weren't able to establish an established occupation on the disputed area.
China wants to settle the issue bilaterally among nations who are involve in the dispute while the Philippines wants to bring the issue to ITCLOS or UNCLOS.
Both nations are accusing each other and constantly sending diplomatic protest against each others illegal acts on the area. The situation is still under control but tension is inevitable.
Just recently news depicted that China has sent a nuclear-powered submarine to the South China Sea, according to China Daily.
A constant harassment on Philippine civilian vessels and fishermen is also reported but the Philippines is documenting every unlawful actions done by China.
Obviously China is flexing its military muscle and showing its power to intimidate Philippines and retreat from the stalemate status of the standoff, Chinese army general calls for 'decisive action' vs Philippines but the Philippines said we will not be provoke and intimidated.
Scarborough shoals is part of the disputed area of Spratlys some portion of Spratlys Islands on South China Sea is claim by the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Taiwan, Malaysia but China's claim is the entire South China Sea. The area is believed to be rich with natural aquatic resources and discovered to have deposits of trillion barrel or vast amount of oil.