Chinese vessels are seen moored at Whitsun Reef in the South China Sea on Saturday. Photo: Philippine Coast Guard/National Task Force-West Philippine Sea/Handout via Reuters
Chinese vessels are seen moored at Whitsun Reef in the South China Sea on Saturday. Photo: Philippine Coast Guard/National Task Force-West Philippine Sea/Handout via Reuters

South China Sea: Philippine military vows to continue aerial patrols after plane warned off by Chinese vessels near disputed reef

  • Chinese radio operators challenged the aircraft with local journalists on board ‘at least five times’ as it flew over Calderon Reef, Mischief Reef and Johnson Reef
  • The Philippines has been carrying out ‘sovereignty patrols’ since some 200 Chinese fishing vessels were spotted near Whitsun Reef, which falls within its exclusive economic zone

Chinese vessels are seen moored at Whitsun Reef in the South China Sea on Saturday. Photo: Philippine Coast Guard/National Task Force-West Philippine Sea/Handout via Reuters
Chinese vessels are seen moored at Whitsun Reef in the South China Sea on Saturday. Photo: Philippine Coast Guard/National Task Force-West Philippine Sea/Handout via Reuters
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