Philippines removes China’s floating atoll barrier
September 25, 2023 - The Philippines has removed a floating barrier recently installed by Chinese coast guard boats to block access to a prime fishing patch within a disputed area of the South China Sea.
The Philippines has removed a floating barrier installed by the Chinese coast guard to block access to a lagoon within Scarborough Shoal – a prime fishing patch in the contested South China Sea.
In images shared by The Philippines, Chinese craft can be clearly seen installing a 300 metre long floating barrier across the only entrance into the atoll, blocking access to Filipino fishing vessels.
The country’s foreign ministry claims the barriers were a violation of international law and threatened the livelihood of their fishermen.
China claims 90% of the South China Sea, overlapping with the exclusive economic zones of Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and the Philippines.