Philippines resists Chinese harassment at sea

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A Chinese Coast Guard ship is seen blocking a Philippine Coast Guard vessel that was on a resupply mission for the Filipino troops stationed at a warship on land in the South China Sea on October 4 this year.  (Photo: Reuters)

A Chinese Coast Guard ship is seen blocking a Philippine Coast Guard vessel that was on a resupply mission for the Filipino troops stationed at a warship on land within the South China Sea on October 4 this 12 months. (Photo: Reuters)

MANILA – The Philippine coast guard mentioned Saturday it could preserve its common provide missions to troops stationed on a disputed atoll within the South China Sea even because it expects extra Chinese vessels to be despatched to the realm.

The Philippines frequently sends provides to a handful of troops dwelling aboard an growing old warship that was intentionally grounded on the Second Thomas Shoal in 1999 to claim Manila’s sovereignty claims over the atoll.

China claims nearly your entire South China Sea, together with the Second Thomas Shoal, and has a whole bunch of vessels deployed to patrol it.

Beijing has for years ignored the ruling, in a case introduced by Manila, by a global tribunal that mentioned China’s claims don’t have any legitimate historic foundation.

“We are nonetheless going to do these harmful missions regardless of our restricted variety of vessels and regardless of the rising variety of Chinese vessels they will deploy,” Philippine coast guard spokesman Jay Tarriela mentioned at a press convention on Saturday.

“We should guarantee that the provides nonetheless attain our troops,” Tarriela mentioned, including that the Chinese coast guard is deploying smaller vessels to attempt to outdo its Philippine counterpart.

He spoke a day after the Philippines criticized China’s coast guard for “unprovoked coercive actions and harmful maneuvers”, together with utilizing a water cannon towards one in all its boats in an try and disrupt a resupply mission.

The Chinese Embassy in Manila mentioned on Saturday that its coast guard had taken vital enforcement measures towards Philippine ships after the vessels violated Beijing’s sovereignty.

The US State Department mentioned on Saturday it stands by the Philippines, with which it has signed a protection treaty.

“We urge the PRC (People’s Republic of China) to respect the freedoms of navigation on the excessive seas assured to all states underneath worldwide legislation,” he mentioned in an announcement, reiterating his dedication to the protection treaty.

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos is pursuing hotter relations with Washington, reversing his predecessor’s pro-China stance and resulting in rising tensions within the South China Sea.

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The Philippine navy stands aboard the BRP Sierra Madre, a decommissioned Philippine Navy ship grounded in 1999 to function a army base on the Second Thomas Shoal, a part of the Spratly Islands, within the South China Sea. (Reuters File Photo)

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