MANILA, Philippines - China considers the Philippines' attempt to secure Scarborough Shoal as an infringement on Chinese sovereignty and called on the Philippines "not to instigate new troubles and incidents, and make joint efforts with the Chinese side to create favorable conditions for the sound development of relations between the two countries."
"The Chinese side has lodged solemn representations to the Philippine side over the harassment of Chinese fishing boats and fishermen by the Philippine Navy vessels and patrol boats. The attempt by the Philippines to carry out so-called law enforcement activities in the waters of Huangyan Island has infringed upon China's sovereignty, and runs counter to the consensus reached by both sides on maintaining the peace and stability in the South China Sea and not to complicate and escalate the situation," Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Liu Weimin said in a statement.
"The relevant departments of the Chinese government has sent out public service ships to Huangyan Island. At the moment the Chinese fishermen and their boats are safe," Liu added.
China reiterated that it has "indisputable sovereignty" over Scarborough shoal (known as Huangyan Island in Chinese).
"The Chinese side reiterates that Huangyan Island is an integral part of the Chinese territory, over which China has indisputable sovereignty," Liu said.
"We urge the Philippine side to proceed from the overall situation of the China-Philippines relations and the peace and stability of the South China Sea, not to instigate new troubles and incidents, and make joint efforts with the Chinese side to create favorable conditions for the sound development of relations between the two countries," he added.