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Philippine Coastguard Removes Chinese South China Sea Barrier

A Chinese coastguard vessel guarding a barrier made of floating buoys to restrict access to the Scarborough Shoal this weekend. Image: Ted Aljibe / AFP

The Philippine coastguard successfully removed a 300-meter floating barrier placed by the Chinese coastguard to bar access to the South China Sea’s Scarborough Shoal.

This follows an outcry in Manila during the weekend when images emerged of the barrier and Chinese coastguard patrols being used to keep Philippine fishing vessels out. 

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