Philippine Ships Blocked by China During Supply Drop

NTD Newsroom
By NTD Newsroom
August 24, 2023China in Focusshare

Two Philippine boats braved a dangerous confrontation with Beijing’s forces Tuesday to deliver food, supplies, and a fresh crew of sailors to Filipino forces in the South China Sea. The troops there are guarding a contested shoal.

To make the drop off, the boats had to breach a Chinese coast guard blockade. Two Philippine Coast Guard vessels escorted the supply boats with backup from a U.S. Navy plane circling overhead.

But the mission wasn’t smooth sailing.

At least four Chinese coast guard ships blocked the boats in a nearly five-hour standoff.

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