Philippines foreign minister issues expletive-laced tweet over China sea dispute

The chief Filipino diplomat insulted China and called on the regime to leave the disputed waters

His tweet continued, "What are you doing to our friendship? You".

The department said it also protested "the incessant, illegal, prolonged and increasing presence of Chinese fishing vessels and maritime militia vessels in Philippine maritime zones" in the disputed waters.

In a statement on Monday, the Philippine Foreign Ministry accused China's coast guard of "shadowing, blocking, unsafe maneuvers, and radio challenges of the Philippine coast guard vessels".

DFA said the Chinese Coast Guard's actions include "shadowing, blocking, risky maneuver and radio challenges". We do not. we are yoursThe diplomat added. Earlier maps calls it Scarborough Shoal, while China named it Huangyan Island.

The past few months have seen an escalation of tensions between the two sides, with the Philippines protesting the presence of Chinese ships in the South China Sea and Beijing insisting that all its actions are in accordance with global law.

"The conduct of maritime patrol in the WPS (West Philippine Sea) and Kalayaan Island Group by the Philippine Coast Guard and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources will continue", Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement, using the local name for the South China Sea.

China's embassy in Manila did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It was seized by China in 2012 and subsequently ignored a 2016 decision by an worldwide court that declared its historic claim over most of the South China Sea to be unfounded.

Xi Jinping and Rodrigo Duterte
Xi Jinping and Rodrigo Duterte

In 2016, an arbitration tribunal in The Hague ruled China's, which Beijing bases on its old maps, was inconsistent with worldwide law.

The Chinese defence ministry last week urged the United States to restrain its front-line forces in the air and seas near China.

The outburst is the latest of dozens of recent protests by Manila's foreign affairs department, along with increasingly acerbic remarks by the country's top diplomat and defence chief about Chinese actions in the disputed waters.

Once-frosty ties between the two countries had warmed under President Rodrigo Duterte, who set aside the ruling in exchange for promises of trade and investment that critics say have largely not materialised.

Many of the Chinese vessels have left Whitsun, about 175 nautical miles (325 kilometers) west of the Philippine province of Palawan, but several have remained moored in the area, part of a shallow atoll partly occupied by China and Vietnam.

Bajo de Masinloc, also known as Scarborough Shoal, is a triangle-shaped chain of reefs in the South China Sea that lies around 120 nautical miles from the nearest Philippine coast and 470 nautical miles from the nearest coast of China.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has asked the Philippines to respect what it calls Chinese sovereignty in the disputed waters and "stop actions complicating the situation and escalating disputes".