In a tense battle in the South China Sea, the Philippine Coast Guard takes on a Chinese warship.
As tensions in the South China Sea rise, the Philippine Coast Guard has stated that they have questioned a Chinese warship.
On Monday, the Philippine Coast Guard claimed to have confronted a Chinese warship that had entered Philippine territorial seas before sailing away. On July 13, the BRP Cabra patrol boat reported seeing a warship from the People’s Republic of China with Chinese markings.
Before sailing closer to the ship to identify its operation in Philippine seas, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) stated it gave radio warnings to the Chinese.
The Chinese ship did not move at first. The PLA Navy chose to leave the Maria Louise Bank when BRP Cabra issued a long-range sonic device to underline their concerns.
The Chinese ship only answered via radio when the BRP Cabra was 500 yards away, according to the PGC.
“This is Chinese Navy Warship 189, Philippine Coast Guard 4409.” The Coast Guard stated Beijing’s warship eventually responded, “Please keep two nautical miles away from me.”
Following months of tension in the South China Sea, the incident occurred.
Nearly 300 Chinese ships were detected lingering near the West Philippine Sea in May, according to reports.
The reported incident occurred barely a day after the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea issued a landmark judgement on who has the right to claim the disputed waters in the South China Sea on its fifth anniversary.
In 2016, an independent arbitral tribunal ruled in favor of Manila, prompting Beijing to reject the decision as “nothing more than a piece of junk paper.”
The United States just pledged its support for the Philippines.
“The People’s Republic of China continues to force and intimidate southeast Asian coastline states, jeopardizing freedom of navigation in this crucial global throughway,” stated US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
“We urge on the PRC to uphold its international responsibilities, stop its provocative behavior, and take actions to reassure the international community that it is committed to a rules-based maritime system that respects the rights of all countries, big and small,” he stated.
“We further repeat that an armed strike in the South China Sea against Philippine armed forces, public boats, or aircraft would trigger US mutual defense commitments under… the 1951 US-Philippines Mutual Defence Treaty,” he added.
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