China travel agencies suspend trips to Philippines
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China travel agencies suspend trips to Philippines

BEIJING (AP) — China says most domestic travel companies have suspended trips to the Philippines as tensions rise over a disputed island in contested waters.

The official Xinhua News Agency says tour agencies such as Ctrip.com and Beijing Caissa International Travel Service Co. Ltd. have stopped trips to the Philippines.

The move is in response to escalating tensions between the two countries as they continue a standoff over Scarborough Shoal, which China calls the Huangyan Island.

That dispute has been going on since April 10 when the Philippine navy accused Chinese boats of fishing illegally. Both countries claim the shoal.

The Philippine Department of Tourism says Chinese tourists account for about 9 percent of total arrivals, after South Korea, U.S. and Japan.