SHOCKING Revelation: China’s Sinister ‘Floating Barrier’ Threatens Filipino Fishermen’s Livelihoods in South China Sea!
The Philippines has lodged a strong protest against China’s coast guard for the placement of a “floating barrier” within a contested region of the South China Sea, alleging that it obstructed Filipino access and fishing activities in the area.
Commodore Jay Tarriela, a spokesperson for the Philippine coast guard, expressed the country’s condemnation of China’s action on the X social media platform, formerly known as Twitter. He pointed out that the barrier effectively barred Filipino fishing vessels from entering the Scarborough Shoal, causing significant disruption to their fishing and livelihoods.
The floating barrier, estimated to be around 300 meters (1,000 feet) in length, was first identified by Philippine coast guard and fisheries bureau personnel during a routine patrol in the vicinity of the shoal, which is locally referred to as Bajo de Masinloc. Filipino fishermen in the region indicated that China typically deploys such barriers when they observe a high number of Filipino fishing boats operating in the area.
This move by China’s coast guard has resulted in a heightened dispute in the South China Sea, as it directly impacts the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Philippines, restricting their fishing activities and economic pursuits in the region. Manila’s coast guard, along with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, vehemently opposes this act by China and seeks a resolution to the ongoing tensions in the area.