Philippine officials say China blocking access to disputed S. China Sea atoll

March 2, 2016 9:18 AM

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Philippine officials say China blocking access to disputed S. China Sea atoll

MANILA China has stationed several ships near a disputed atoll in the South China Sea, preventing Filipino fishermen from accessing traditional fishing grounds and raising tensions in the volatile region, Philippine officials said on Wednesday.

China had deployed up to seven ships to Quirino Atoll, also known as Jackson Atoll, said Eugenio Bito-onon Jr, the mayor of nearby Pagasa Island in the Spratly Islands.

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