China warns Philippine diplomat over sea quarrel
BEIJING—China on Wednesday summoned a top Philippine diplomat and expressed concern over the “harassment” of Chinese fishing boats in disputed waters in the West Philippine Sea (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 a disputed shoal not far from the Philippines’ main island of Luzon, and has increased tensions in the region.
On Wednesday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying had summoned the charge d’affaires of the Philippine embassy on Sunday and Wednesday to lodge representations over the row.
“We urge the Philippines to bear in mind the overall good relationship between China and the Philippines,” Liu said.