Philippines rebukes China over fishing boats

  The government on Thursday rebuked China for sending a large number of fishing vessels near islands and islets occupied by the Philippines in the heavily disputed South China Sea, calling the presence of the boats "illegal."   The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) issued the rare public rebuke of the Chinese presence on Philippine territory after the Armed Forces of the Philippines monitored more than 200 Chinese vessels from January to March in a disputed area named Sandy Cay near Philippine-occupied Pag-asa Island.   "The presence of Chinese vessels near and around Pag-asa and other maritime features . . . is illegal," the DFA said in a statement. ...Keep on reading: Philippines rebukes China over fishing boats

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