Philippines Denounces China for ‘Dangerous and Offensive’ Actions in South China Sea

Epoch Times Staff
By Epoch Times Staff
October 16, 2023China News
Philippines Denounces China for ‘Dangerous and Offensive’ Actions in South China Sea
A Chinese navy ship is seen sailing in the South China Sea on Oct. 4, 2023. (Adrian Portugal/Reuters)

The Philippine military has called out China to stop “unsafe actions” in the South China Sea, after a Chinese navy ship shadowed and attempted to cut off a Philippine navy vessel conducting a resupply mission late last week.

A Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) vessel came as close as 350 yards as it tried to cross in front of the Philippine ship near Thitu island, Manila’s biggest and most strategically important outpost in the South China Sea, according to armed forces chief Romeo Brawner.

“These dangerous and offensive manoeuvres by China’s PLAN not only risk collision but also directly endanger the lives of maritime personnel from both sides,” Mr. Brawner said in a statement on Sunday.

The Chinese embassy in Manila did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.

It was the latest in a series of attempts by China to monitor and block Philippine resupply missions to personnel in naval features in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea.

Despite Hague rulings against its claims under the UNCLOS treaty, to which China is a signatory, China is continuing to assert sovereignty to almost the entire South China Sea, through which more than $3 trillion of trade passes each year.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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