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Philippines monitored ‘illegal’ presence of more than 135 Chinese boats in South China Sea

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MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippine Coast Guard said on Sunday it has monitored the “illegal presence” of more than 135 Chinese maritime militia vessels at a reef in the South China Sea.

It said in a statement its chief has ordered that patrols be carried out in the vicinity of Whitsun Reef, which Manila calls the Julian Felipe Reef.

(Reporting by Karen Lema; Editing by Christopher Cushing)

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