Philippines: China, Philippines row over collisions in disputed sea

MANILA: Beijing and Manila traded blame on Sunday for 2 collisions between Chinese language vessels and Philippine boats on a resupply mission to Filipino troops close to Second Thomas Shoal within the Spratly Islands within the disputed South China Sea.
A Philippine authorities activity drive mentioned the “harmful blocking manoeuvers of China Coast Guard vessel 5203 triggered it to collide with the Armed Forces of the Philippines-contracted indigenous resupply boat”. China, in the meantime, mentioned the “slight collision” occurred after the resupply boat ignored “a number of warnings and intentionally handed via regulation enforcement in an unprofessional and harmful method”.
In one other incident, the Philippines mentioned it coastguard vessel escorting the routine resupply mission was “bumped” by a “Chinese language Maritime Militia vessel”. China accused the Philippine boat of reversing in a “premeditated method” right into a Chinese language fishing vessel.

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