The DFA also did not refute the Chinese fishing group's claim that Recto Bank (international name: Reed Bank), where the incident happened, was part of China's Nansha Islands
A map of the South China Sea shows that Reed or Recto Bank, which is part of the continental shelf of Palawan, is not part of Spratly Islands, which China calls Nansha Islands
. Permanent Court of Arbitration In the apology letter sent through the Philippine Embassy, the Guangdong-based fishery group conveyed the apology of the owner of the ship that rammed fishing boat GemVer1 to the 22 Filipino fishermen.
The Chinese foreign ministry announced last year that Beijing had begun operating weather stations on artificial islands in the South China Sea, specifically Nansha Islands
or what are locally known as the Spratlys.
Lorenzana said he is also standing by Malacanang statement that the government is not taking s step back in asserting the country's rights over the Spratlys, reminding China that the Philippines won the arbitral ruling in 2016, after China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs declared the Spratlys, which China calls the Nansha Islands
, to be part of Chinese territory.
According to Beijing, two US Navy destroyers sailed near the Spratly Islands, which China calls Nansha Islands
, earlier on Monday without permission from the Chinese government.
"Installing necessary national defense facilities on the Nansha Islands
which are our territory is China exercising its right of self-preservation and self-defense as a sovereign state in accordance with international law.
During the Thursday press conference, Nguyen asserted that Vietnam has territorial claims to the Nansha Islands
, and asked Taiwan to immediately cease all provocations and to see that such actions do not happen again.
"In 1946, the then-Chinese government with help from the United States openly and in accordance with the law took back the Nansha Islands
and reefs that Japan had occupied, and resumed exercising sovereignty," Wang said.
But while Luttwak expected a tough response by the Philippines to Chinese claims to the Nansha Islands
(Kalayaan Island Group or Spratlys), Rodrigo Duterte, elected president in 2016, sidled up to Beijing and then insulted President Obama.
We usually say the South China Sea dispute is around the Nansha Islands
Sovereignty Dispute and part of the waters of jurisdiction.
"The marine nuclear power platform will provide energy and freshwater to the Nansha Islands
," it said, referring to the disputed Spratly Islands.
It is important to understand that this arbitration process was in fact started by the Philippines unilaterally as an attempt to legitimise their illegal occupation of the Nansha islands