Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made this statement after a Philippine ship successfully reached the disputed Ayungin Shoal (Ren'ai Reef) on Saturday, March 29, despite
efforts to block it. China
Reports reaching the
Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said at least two Chinese coast guard ships tried
to drive the Philippine vessel away. The Philippine contingent, which
included journalists, aimed to resupply personnel in the Philippines '
stranded ship in Ayungin. Philippines
Hong said the "Philippines' action aimed to hype up the South China Sea issue, so as to serve its attempt to illegally seize the Ren'ai Reef," China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
"The Philippines' action cannot change the fact that China owns sovereignty over the Nansha (Spratly) Islands, including the Ren'ai Reef, and cannot shake China's resolve to safeguard its national sovereignty, said the spokesman," according to Xinhua.
Philippines, however, has dismissed 's
In a statement on Saturday, DFA spokesman Charles Jose said, "We condemn the harassment by the Chinese coast guard of our civilian vessels which are on their way to Ayungin Shoal to resupply provisions to our personnel stationed there."
The DFA stressed that Ayungin Shoal "is part of the
shelf." Therefore the Philippines
"has sovereign rights and jurisdiction over it." Philippines
"We demand that
cease taking actions that are a threat to our security," Jose added. China
Not only is the
Philippines condemning 's actions
on Saturday. It is also filing on Sunday a written pleading, called a memorial,
that is expected to agitate China .
(READ: PH readies
'convincing evidence' against China) Beijing
It will file the memorial in relation to its historic case against
filed in 2013, over the West Philippine Sea.
Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said the memorial, more than 100 pages long, contains "very convincing" evidence against
China's claims over the West
Del Rosario is set to brief the media about the memorial at 2:30 pm on Sunday.
says Ayungin is within its EEZ. Philippines