The Collision Of Chinese aAnd Philippine Patrol Boats Has Led To New Tensions

The Collision Of Chinese aAnd Philippine Patrol Boats Has Led To New Tensions

The collision of Chinese and Philippine patrol boats has led to new tensions. The Philippines on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, said Chinese coast guard ships caused two collisions with Philippine ships and fired on a ship with water cannons. The Philippines said the actions of the Chinese crew caused four crew members to be injured during a refueling mission in the South China Sea.

The incident occurred in the waters around Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratly Islands, where the two countries have contested maritime claims. Chinese coast guard vessels and Chinese maritime militia harassed, blocked, deployed water cannons and performed dangerous maneuvers in other attempts to illegally hinder, or impede, routine resupply and rotation missions, the Philippine government task force said in a statement quoted by AFP.

Meanwhile, the Chinese coast guard explained that it was taking control measures against the illegal intrusion of Philippine ships in the waters around the Ren’ai coral reef in China’s Nansha Islands. “That is the Chinese name for the coral area and the Spratly Islands. The BRP Sindangan along with similar ships have been deployed, to support the military charter ships Unaizah 4 May and Unaizah 1 May which are carrying replacement troops and supplies to the second Thomas Shoal.

That is where the Philippine troops are stationed on board the anchored Philippine navy ship, the BRP Sierra Madre. Four crew members of the May 4 Unaizah were injured when two Chinese coast guard ships simultaneously fired water cannons at the ship, shattering the ship’s windshield. Says the national task force to West Philippine Sea. | In a statement it said that a Chinese coast guard vessel also caused a minor collision with the May 4 unaizah which turned back to shore without delivering its cargo. Earlier in the morning, the task force added a Chinese coast guard vessel, causing a minor collision, and separated from one of the Philippine coast guard ships escorting the supply ships.

Chinese coast guard spokesman Gan Yu accused the Philippine coast guard ship of deliberately ramming the Chinese ship causing minor scratches. Unaizah on May 1 was able to unload his supplies, which the troops at BRP Siara Madre depended on for their survival.

China claims almost the entire South China Sea overruling competing claims from a number of Southeast Asian countries and international judgment, which has declared its stance baseless. The incident came a day after Philippine Foreign Minister Enrique Manalo called on China to stop harassing them, as he defended Manila’s strategy of publicizing China’s maneuvers in the South China Sea.

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos also had the same attitude when he appeared on Monday 4 March 2024 evening, at an event organized by an Australian think tank. We will never surrender a square inch of our territory and our maritime jurisdiction. He said on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Melbourne.