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Philippines detains 25 Chinese, 18 Vietnamese fishermen

 

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Philippine anti-poaching patrols have detained two Chinese and three Vietnamese fishing vessels along with more than three dozen crew members in the extreme north of the country, officials said on Tuesday.
The arrests near tiny islands off the main island of Luzon came as a maritime dispute between Manila and Beijing simmers in the South China Sea.
Two Chinese fishing vessels that were fraudulently flying the Philippine flag were detained along with their 25 crew members off the island of Sabtang on Monday, coastguard and fisheries officials said.

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