According to Philippine government legal cases will be filed against Chinese fishermen who were caught poaching in West Philippine Sea. Eleven fishermen are currently in custody of Philippine government.
However, according to China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying, “China has indisputable sovereignty over Nansha Islands and the adjacent waters, including the Banyue Reef. Chinese Coast Guard vessels arrived at the scene right after what had happened. The Chinese Foreign Ministry and the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines have lodged solemn representations with the Philippine side, asking for an immediate release of the Chinese boat and its crew.”
She added that Philippine should release the Chinese fishermen without further negotiations. “We have noted remarks by the Philippine side over recent days. Actions taken by the Philippine side against Chinese fishermen are illegal and invalid. We urge once again the Philippine side to release unconditionally the Chinese boat and its crew, protect the safety and property of Chinese citizens and refrain from taking similar actions in the future. China will reserve the right to take further actions.”