Philippines Says China Has Removed Remnants of Floating Barrier in South China Sea

MANILA (Reuters) —

The Philippine coast guard said on Tuesday that its Chinese counterpart had already removed remnants of a floating barrier that blocked Filipino fishers from entering a lagoon at a disputed shoal of the South China Sea.

Four Chinese coast guard vessels were nearby prior to Philippines cutting the 300-meter barrier on Monday and taking away its anchor, Commodore Jay Tarriela, a coast guard spokesperson, told DWPM radio and ANC news channel, adding that the Chinese vessels were “not that aggressive” after seeing media on board the Philippine boat.

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