Philippines to China: Stop Scarborough Shoal plan

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The Philippines plans to file a "strong" protest against China after it announced preparatory work for an environmental monitoring station on a shoal in the South China Sea, as President Rodrigo Duterte called for regional guidelines governing the disputed area.

"We recognise too that respect for freedom of navigation and overflight is in the interest of all countries within and outside the region," said Duterte following a meeting with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in Bangkok.

Five years ago, China started blockading the Scarborough Shoal, a rocky outcrop within the Philippines' 322-km exclusive economic zone (EEZ), and the United States has warned Beijing against carrying out the land reclamation work there.

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