FILE - In this July 15, 2012 file photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, a Chinese fishery administration ship sails to Yongshu Reef of the Spratly islands in the South China Sea

 

              FILE - In this July 15, 2012 file photo released by China
FILE - In this July 15, 2012 file photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, a Chinese fishery administration ship sails to Yongshu Reef of the Spratly islands in the South China Sea. The Philippines on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 denounced Chinese plans to search ships sailing through what Beijing says is its territory in the South China Sea in the latest irritant between the countries. Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the plans should be condemned by the international community because they violate maritime domains of countries in the region and impede freedom of navigation. Chinese state media announced the plans, saying southern Hainan province, which Beijing says administers the South China Sea, had approved laws giving its police the right to search vessels that pass through the waters. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Wang Cunfu, File) NO SALES