One hundred Chinese boats intrude into Malaysia’s waters

One hundred Chinese vessels intrude into Malaysia's waters in disputed South China Sea

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a Taiwanese military plane shows the view of Itu Aba, which the Taiwanese call Taiping, at the South China Sea, March 23, 2016.

About 100 China-registered boats were spotted in Malaysian waters in the disputed South China Sea, Malaysia's national security minister stated.

Minister Shahidan Kassim, said that the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency as well as the navy have been sent to the area by the government in order to oversee the situation.

According to Bernama news agency, Shahidan said on Friday that Malaysia will take legal action against China if the vessels are proved to have intruded into the country’s waters.

"What I want to point out is that now is the fishing season in the South China Sea ... At this time of year, every year, Chinese trawlers are in the relevant waters carrying out normal fishing activities," China's foreign ministry spokesman, Hong Lei, said.

Countries like Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam claim territory in the disputed waters while China claims most of the South China Sea often creating tension by acting independently.

China’s military presence and several flight tests this year have already sparked alot of reaction. 

The territory is believed to have vast oil and gas deposits, while also being suitable for fishing activities.

TRTWorld and agencies