The Philippine Coast Guard has accused a Chinese ship of attacking a civilian vessel in the southern South China Sea with a water cannon, while the Chinese side accuses the Philippines of intentionally ramming a Chinese vessel.
About this informs Reuters.
The incident occurred in the Spratly Islands (or Nansha) archipelago, which since the 20th century have been the object of claims by many countries in the South Asian region, including China and the Philippines.
China claims the entire South China Sea, a sea artery through which the volume of trade of more than 3 trillion dollars every year. In 2016, the arbitral tribunal found that China’s claims had no legal basis.
Regular RORE to BRP SIERRA MADRE this morning. BRP CABRA, Unaizah Mae 1, and M/L Kalayaan water cannoned by China Coast Guard. M/L Kalayaan suffered serious engine damage. Contrary to China Coast Guard disinformation, UM1 rammed by CCG vessel. pic.twitter.com/wOt55KVu8k
– Jay Tarriela (@jaytaryela) December 10, 2023
As noted, the Chinese Coast Guard reported that after numerous warnings, Philippine ships “illegally entered the waters adjacent to Ren’ai Reef in the Nansha Islands without the permission of the Chinese government.”
The Philippine Coast Guard, on the other hand, has an opinion. “The Kalayaan suffered serious engine damage. Contrary to the misinformation of the Chinese Coast Guard,” Philippine Coast Guard Spokesman Jay Tarriela said.
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