Philippines accuses Chinese Coast Guard of firing water cannons on its supply boats

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin stated no one was injured throughout the November 16 occurrence at the 2nd Thomas Shoal, however the Philippine boats, which were transferring food materials to military workers based there, needed to terminate their objective.

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“The acts of the Chinese Coast Guard are illegal,” Locsin stated in a declaration, advising China that a public vessel is covered by the Philippines-United States Mutual Defense Treaty.

Locsin stated he had actually communicated “in the strongest terms” to the Chinese ambassador to Manila “our outrage, condemnation and protest of the incident.”

Locsin alerted Beijing’s “failure to exercise self restraint threatens the special relationship” in between the 2 nations.

“China has no law enforcement rights in and around these areas. They must take heed and back off,” Locsin stated.

Manila concerns 2nd Thomas Shoal, which lies 105 nautical miles (195 kilometers) southwest of the Philippine area of Palawan, as being within its 200-nautical mile special financial zone. It has actually inhabited the shoal given that 1999 after purposefully grounding a navy ship on the reef.

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China, which declares essentially all the South China Sea, states the reef belongs to its area, however a 2016 judgment by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague discovered in favor of the Philippines.

The Chinese Embassy in Manila did not right away react to ask for remark from the media.

China claims sovereignty over huge swathes of the South China Sea, however Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam likewise have actually lodged contending claims for some or all of the islands.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.