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A group of Filipino protesters succeeded on their first trip to the controversial Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea as they visited Pagasa island last December. Due to the huge success of the trip, the Chinese government warned the Philippines for another trip to hotly disputed areas.

 

TO GO WITH AFP STORY "Lifestyle-Philippines-China-Spratlys-diplomacy" by Mynardo Macaraig RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/ Kayalaan Municipal office / HO" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS This undated photo handout released by the Kayalaan Municipal office on July 13, 2011 shows the island of Kalayaan, which means "Freedom" in the Filipino language, that was created in 1978 mainly to assert the Philippines' claim to the disputed territory in the Spratlys, a chain of islets in the South China Sea. For the few dozen Filipinos living on a remote speck of land in the South China Sea, each day is a battle against loneliness but also a love affair with nature. Contact with the outside world is limited and comforts are few for the residents of "Freedom" town, which exists mainly to raise the Philippine flag and fend off the other claimants to the Spratly islands. AFP PHOTO/ Kayalaan Municipal office / HO

China’s Foreign Ministry urged the Philippines on Friday to exercise ”restraint” over ”relevant parties”, after Filipino protesters said they planned a second trip to contested islands in the South China Sea. According to the Filipino protesters they plan to spend a month on all the islands in the Spratlys currently occupied by the Philippines this coming April 2016.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei repeated that China had “indisputable sovereignty” over the Spratlys. “The Philippines’ occupation and illegal seizure of the islands is against the law and without effect,” Hong told a daily briefing in Beijing.

The Chinese government claims almost the whole South China Sea which according to experts housed an energy-rich islands, shoals and atolls. Aside from China and the Philippines, Southeast Asian countries such as Brunei and Vietnam claims some parts of the Spratly group of islands.

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