United States: We don't want to see Chinese navy threaten Filipino fishermen
The United States does not want China to use its Navy to threaten fishing vessels in a disputed area of the South China Sea, the US state department said on Wednesday according to Inquirer report.
"We are aware of these press reports regarding the Chinese vessels operating near Jackson Atoll in the contested areas of the South China Sea,” state department spokesperson Mark Toner said.
“We don’t want them using … their Navy to intimidate other fishing vessels in that region,” Toner said.
Philippine authorities gave an account on Wednesday that China had sent seven boats to Quirino Atoll as of late, keeping Filipino fishermen from getting too conventional fishing grounds.
Eugenio Bito-onon Jr., chairman of Kalayaan town in the Spratlys, gave an account that he saw the Chinese boats while flying in a plane over the uninhabited Quirino Atoll a week ago.
On July 12, 2016, the Arbitration already favored in the Philippines against the historic case of China.