• Bloomberg


Filipino fishermen in the South China Sea have been plying their trade without being harassed by the Chinese coast guard for a month, officials said, in what could be an early sign of easing tensions under incoming President Rodrigo Duterte, who will be sworn in on June 30.

Authorities haven’t received any complaints from fishermen for weeks about Chinese interfering with their catch near the disputed Scarborough Shoal, said the director of the Philippine Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Asis Perez, on Tuesday. “That should be the norm. Our fishermen shouldn’t be harassed and hosed by China, because that area is ours,” he said.

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