Chinese Oceanographic research vessel spotted in Philippine waters

Chinese Oceanographic research vessel spotted in Philippine waters

And now this one.

Report has come in that a Chinese Oceanographic survey ship was recently detected passing through the eastern part of the Philippines.

An assistant professor at China Maritime Studies Institute,who goes by the name Ryan Martinson, posted in Twitter that the Chinese vessel spotted is the "Zhang Jian” which was operating 80 nautical miles from the country’s east coast.

Chinese oceanographic research vessel Zhang Jian was recently located operating in Philippine waters. (photo credit to owner)

He has posted a map with a track of the Chinese research ship, showing that it came from the Philippine sea before heading down south.

Data from ship tracking intelligence MarineTraffic confirmed that the survey vessel Zhang Jian was in the area of the Philippines on August 5.
Previous reports culled from Chinese state-run Xinhua indicated that Zhang Jian has been used for carrying out deep-sea explorations in the South China Sea.
Another report from the MarineTraffic show that the Chinese survey ship is in the waters near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea as of August 6.

This is not the first time a Chinese oceanographic survey vessel has been reported being seen in Philippine waters, last year oceanographic survey vessel "Kexue" was located in the country's territorial waters at least twice.

The oceanographic survey vessel "Kexue" was deployed by Beijing in January 2018 to conduct marine exploration in Philippine waters, including the Philippine Rise.

Kexue was again spotted in Philippine waters less than 20 nautical miles off the coast of Mindanao last October 2018.
Martinson posted the activities last year, of the Kexue, noting that the survey ship might probably deploying or receiving instruments moored at the seafloor.

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