The Philippines accused China of dangerous actions in the South China Sea

During the mission, it was said, the patrol ship was "escorted" by four Chinese coast guard ships

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Illustration, Photo: Reuters
Illustration, Photo: Reuters
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The Philippine Coast Guard today accused China of carrying out "dangerous" actions during a patrol off the Philippine coast in the South China Sea.

Chinese coast guard ships "conducted dangerous actions and blockades of a Philippine patrol boat four times," Manila said.

The Teresa Magbanua patrol boat was sent in early February "to ensure the safety of Filipino fishermen" around the Scarborough Reef in the South China Sea, located about 350 kilometers west of Manila, the statement said.

That reef was taken from the Philippines by China in 2012.

During the mission, it was said, the patrol ship was "escorted" by four Chinese coast guard ships.

Beijing claims almost the entire South China Sea, including waters and islands near its neighbors' coasts, and is defying a 2016 international court ruling rejecting China's claim.

The Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam also claim several reefs and islets in the South China Sea, where some zones may hold rich oil reserves.

In December last year, a Philippine ship and a Chinese coast guard ship collided in the waters of the Spratly Islands, near Second Thomas Atoll, where a Philippine garrison is stationed. The two countries accused each other of being responsible for the incident.

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