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Over 20 Chinese ships spotted anew in West PH Sea

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Command (Wescom) has monitored dozens of Chinese maritime militia vessels in areas covered by the country's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

Photos from Western Command Armed Forces of the Philippines FB

Photos from Western Command Armed Forces of the Philippines FB

In a report issued on Thursday, the AFP Wescom said the Chinese militia ships were sighted during aerial patrols on September 6 and 7.

Based on the report, 23 Chinese militia vessels were observed in Rozul (Iroquios) Reef, five in Escoda (Sabina) Shoal and two in Baragatan (Nares) Shoal.

“The increased presence of (Chinese fishing vessels) raises concerns regarding the potential implications for Philippines' maritime security, fisheries conservation, territorial integrity, and preservation of the marine environment. These activities have been a source of tension in the WPS and have contributed to instability in the region,” the Wescom said.

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