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MANILA – The Philippines accused the Chinese coast guard on Thursday of robbing Filipino fishermen at gunpoint in a series of fresh confrontations at West Philippine Sea even as a senior government official declared that Panatag Shoal in Zambales is now under belligerent Chinese occupation.
For the first time, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. used the word “occupation” in such a way that depicts China as grabbing part of Philippine territory and placing it under the authority of its hostile army. It is military occupation, in short.
Panatag Shoal, internationally known as Scarborough Shoal and Bajo de Masinloc to Zambales folks, could be the first case of such Chinese occupation in the West Philippine Sea since the 2002 code of conduct was signed.
WASHINGTON -- Alarmed by China's reclamation and building binge in disputed reefs and rock outcroppings in the South China Sea, ranking U.S. senatorial leaders are urging the Obama administration to strengthen ties with America's Asian allies by providing additional military equipment to their navies.
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) said late Monday night that President Barack Obama and other leaders should start drawing lines and saying, ‘Look, this is not acceptable.'"
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