China stops Philippine fishermen – level 3
The Philippines has criticized China’s coast guard for placing a floating barrier in the disputed South China Sea.
This barrier has prevented Filipino fishermen from accessing the area and engaging in their livelihood activities. The Philippine Coast Guard and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources strongly condemn China’s actions, emphasizing the importance of protecting maritime rights. The Scarborough Shoal, known locally as Bajo de Masinloc, has been a point of contention as it falls within the disputed waters claimed by multiple countries.
China’s aggressive actions in the South China Sea have led to tensions in the region. Despite international concerns, China maintains control over large parts of the South China Sea which impacts neighboring nations’ exclusive economic zones and fishing activities. The recent installation of this barrier has exacerbated the situation, leading to radio challenges and accusations from Chinese boats towards Philippine vessels.
Difficult words: condemn (to strongly disagree), maritime (connected with the sea), contention (the disagreement that results from opposing arguments), exacerbate (make a problem or bad situation worse).
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What solutions has the Philippines proposed to address the tension in the South China Sea and protect maritime rights?
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