China Refutes Philippines’ Claim of Removing “Moving Obstacles” in Scarborough Reef
By [Journalist Name], [Date]
In response to the Philippines’ assertion that it had dismantled China’s “moving obstacles” placed in the disputed Scarborough Reef area of the South China Sea, China has strongly denied the claim. Gan Yu, spokesperson for the Chinese Coast Guard, categorically dismissed the allegation as a fabrication of facts through a statement released on the official WeChat account.
Emphasizing China’s standpoint, Gan Yu stated, “The assertion by the Philippines that they have removed China’s blocking network is a complete distortion of reality.” He further affirmed, “The Chinese coast guard had indeed deployed temporary blocking measures to counter Philippine vessels and subsequently disassembled those facilities. It is imperative to note that China holds sovereignty over Huangyan Island and its surrounding waters.”
Prior to China’s response, the Philippine Coast Guard had made claims that China had installed a 300-meter-long floating barrier with attached buoys and ropes, hindering the fishing activities of Filipino fishermen. They also reported that they have successfully completed the demolition work.
These conflicting perspectives underscore the ongoing territorial dispute between the two countries in the South China Sea, particularly in the Scarborough Reef region.
China strongly rejected the Philippines’ claim that it had removed China’s “moving obstacles” placed in the Scarborough Reef area of the South China Sea, which has a territorial dispute with China.
Gan Yu, a spokesman for the Chinese Coast Guard, claimed through the official WeChat account, “The claim that the Philippines has dismantled China’s blocking network is a complete falsification of facts.”
At the same time, he stressed, “The Chinese coast guard recovered the blocking facilities after installing a temporary blocking net targeting Philippine ships,” and added, “China has sovereignty over Huangyan Island and adjacent waters.”
Previously, the Philippine Coast Guard said, “China has installed a floating barrier about 300 meters long with buoys attached to a rope to interfere with the fishing of its own fishermen,” and that “the demolition work has begun and has been completed. ” .
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