China sends advanced patrol ship to South China Sea
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 07:48 AM
At 10:30 a.m., April 18, China's maritime patrol ship, Yuzheng 310, set off from Guangzhou for South China Sea, to aid Chinese fishing boats and safeguard sovereignty over the area. It was learned, Yuzheng 310 is the most modern patrol ship in China, which has been dispatched to waters near the Diaoyu Islands and other territories several times to perform such tasks.
This move followed after the increased tension between China and the Philippines in waters around the Huangyan Island, which has seen Chinese maritime patrol ships faced off Philippine navy vessels.
On April 8 when Chinese fishermen were fishing in waters around the Huangyan Island, Philippine warship attempted to arrest them, but was blocked by Chinese patrol vessels and aircraft.
The standoff continued, as over 20 Philippine-registered vessels remain there conducting activities (archaeological research claimed by the Philippines), guarded by a Philippine coastal guard vessel, though Chinese fishing boats have left.
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