Philippine Military Condemns Chinese Coast Guard's Use of Water Cannon on its Boat in Disputed Sea
2023/08/09

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The Philippine military has criticized the Chinese coast guard for using a water cannon to prevent a Filipino supply boat from reaching a disputed shoal in the South China Sea. The confrontation took place at the Second Thomas Shoal, which is claimed by both China and the Philippines. The incident comes amid longstanding territorial disputes in the region involving China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Brunei.

The South China Sea disputes have been a source of tension between the US and China, with China claiming ownership over the majority of the strategic waterway despite international rulings invalidating its claims.

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The US has expressed support for the Philippines and warned of defending its treaty ally if it comes under attack.

Australia and Japan have also criticized China's actions, with Japan calling them "totally unacceptable". China has called on the Philippines to withdraw its naval forces and remove a ship deliberately marooned on the shoal that serves as a symbol of Manila's territorial claim. The US has routinely conducted patrols and military exercises with regional allies to uphold freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea.

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