"Let's be friends, but do not touch the island of Pagas and the rest, "said Dyurtte, according to the CNN Philippines, using the Philippine word Pagasa for Thitu.
"If you make a move there, this is another story. I will tell my soldiers," Prepare to suicide. "
CNN pulled out to the Government of the Philippines for further comment.
The small Filipino military garrison, as well as about 1
Since the beginning of 2019, tension has increased in the South China Sea, one of the most controversial regions of the world and an important transport lane.
The Philippines and China each claim to overlap the areas of the huge sea, along with many other countries, including the United States, Malaysia and Brunei. The area where Thitu is also claiming China as part of its territory
The last arrival of Chinese ships around Thitu island triggered a strict response from Manila.
The Philippine Foreign Ministry stated in its statement on Thursday that their presence was "illegal" and "a flagrant violation of Philippine sovereignty."
"It was noted that Chinese ships were present in large numbers and in steady and periodic periods – what is usually called" swear "by tactics – raises questions about their intentions, as well as concerns about their role in support of coercion purposes" – said in a statement to the Philippines.
When asked about the disputed island on Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Geng Shuang pointed to a meeting between representatives of the Philippines and China to discuss a bilateral consultation mechanism to avoid conflicts in South China
"I believe that the consensus reached by the two the parties by discussing at this meeting is the best answer to your question, "he said.
Diplomacy and Intimidation
t China Sea, China built and militarized artificial islands and tried to undermine the positions of other countries through a combination of diplomacy and intimidation.
The aggressive steps in this region were antagonized by previous Philippine administrations, which led Beijing to court to prove its claim over the sea.
But relations between China and the Philippines have warmed significantly after the inauguration of 2016 Dürth, who insists on closer economic relations with Beijing.
China. More than anyone at this stage, I need China, "said Dütte before the flight to China in April 2018.
States have also intensified their freedom of navigation exercises in the region under the leadership of US President Donald Trump, with an obvious attempt to curb China's influence.
Fishing boats and ships
The Filipino armed forces spokesman Edgard Arevalo warned on Monday that it was difficult to quantify how many vessels around the island at any time, since Chinese ships "come and go" from the area.
In an article published in February, the Asian Sea Transparency Initiative stated that a sudden increase in the number The ships in December-January proved to be the answer to the reclamation and construction of the Philippine authorities.
"Fishing boats were mostly fixed at a distance of 2 to 5.5 nautical miles west of Tita, while ships of sea and coast guard operate a little farther south and west," says AMTI.
"Fishing vessels reflect all attributes of belonging to the maritime police of China, including no equipment in the water, indicating fishing activities and turning off their automatic identification system (AIS), AMTI noted that Thitu is only 12 nautical miles (22 kilometers) from Subi Reef, one of the main places that China has strengthened in its recent construction in the South China Sea.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines said on Thursday, if the Chinese government does not refuse to operate fishing vessels in the vicinity of Tit
"The presence of Chinese vessels within the country (island group), whether military, fishing or other vessels, will thus continue to be the proper actions of the Philippines," the statement states.