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Newsline: Philippines summons Chinese ambassador over navy ship’s ‘intrusion’

The Philippines summoned China’s ambassador on Monday to explain what it called the “illegal intrusion and lingering presence” of a Chinese navy vessel in waters between some of the archipelago nation’s largest islands. (https://www.reuters.com/world/china/philippines-summons-chinese-ambassador-over-navy-ships-intrusion-2022-03-14/) The foreign ministry in a statement said a Chinese navy reconnaissance ship entered Philippine waters without permission and lingered from Jan. 29 to Feb. 1, ignoring repeated demands to leave. It was detected off the Cuyo Group of Islands, close to Palawan, and Apo island off Mindoro, a presence the ministry said “did not constitute innocent passage and violated Philippine sovereignty”.

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