China summons PH diplomat

DISPUTED. The Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal

China on Wednesday, April 18, summoned a Philippine diplomat and expressed concern over the “harassment” of Chinese fishing boats in disputed waters in the South China Sea, as a maritime stand-off rumbled on. The two countries have traded barbs for more than a week over a territorial dispute that centers on Scarborough Shoal, which is not far from the Philippines’ main island of Luzon, and has increased tensions in the region. The Philippine government has already lodged two diplomatic protests against China. What adds to the tension is the ongoing war games between Filipino and American troops in the Philippines.

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