Protesters Rally in China, Philippines Against S. China Sea Claim
Protesters march towards the Chinese consulate during a rally in Manila’s financial district of Makati, Philippines, May 11, 2012.
Activists opposed to China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea marched on the Chinese embassy in Manila Friday, further escalating the two countries’ territorial dispute.
Huangyan Island is a small, rocky outcrop of land about 220 kilometers from the Philippine mainland of Luzon. Tensions in the region escalated on April 10 when the Philippines accused Chinese vessels of illegally fishing in Philippine territory.
An aerial view shows the Pagasa (Hope) Island, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands, in the South China Sea located off the coast of western Philippines, FILE July 20, 2011.China has long claimed sovereignty over the islands, called the Scarborough Shoal in the Philippines.