Skooter reporting 04/11/12
China’s ambassador was summoned by the Philippines on Wednesday for discussion over a confrontation in a jointly claimed area in the South China Sea, but the heated discussion escalated when China accused the Philippines of harassing Chinese fishermen.
The Philippines and China are challenging sovereignty over a small group of islands known as Scarborough Shoal. The Philippines called the shoal as the Panatag Shoal and the Chinese call it as Hungyan Island. The shoal is about 124 nautical miles off the main Philippine island of Luzon, near Subic Bay a former U.S. Navy base.
On Sunday, eight Chinese fishing boats were spotted in the shoal by a Philippines Navy surveillance plane. Manila's largest warship, a U.S. Hamilton-class cutter, was sent to check on the Chinese presence.
Soon two Chinese surveillance ships arrived after the crew from the warship went on board and inspected the fishing boats on Tuesday. To prevent the arrest of any fishermen, the surveillance vessels were placed in between the warship and the fishing boats.
China and the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) are seeking a solution to the Scarborough dispute in order that the China-Philippines friendly relations and peace stability in the South China Sea or the West Philippine Sea are well conserved.