China now tussling with Malaysia in S China Sea


A Chinese coast guard vessel has been accused of encroaching on Malaysia’s territorial waters in the South China Sea.

Malaysia’s Borneo Post reported Wednesday that a patrol boat of the China Coast Guard ha4 been detected encroaching on the waters surrounding the Luconia Shoals, which are administered by Malaysia but also claimed by China and Taiwan. The vessel has been anchored in the area for about two years.

Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, an official in Malaysia’s prime minister’s department, said they have sent vessels from the Royal Malaysian Navy and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency to monitor the area around the clock “to ensure the sovereignty of the country.”

He added that the area belongs to Malaysia and that the government will do whatever it takes to protect and defend Malaysian waters in the South China Sea from being encroached on by intruders or unlicensed foreign fisherman.

The Shanghai-based Guancha Syndicate has identified the Chinese vessel as the Haijing 1123 patrol boat and said that it had been involved in a “confrontation” with Malaysian maritime vessels near the Qiongtai Jiao — or Luconia Breakers — of the Luconia Shoals, which it states is a piece of Chinese territory Malaysia has long claimed.


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