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Tension in the South Sea: China blocked the passage of a Philippine coast guard carrying aid to fishermen

Pak Wan
Published Feb 25, 2024

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Tensions over South Sea disputes have escalated as a Chinese Maritime Militia ship blocked a Philippine Coast Guard vessel, the BRP Datu Sanday, during a resupply mission for local fishermen near the Bajo de Masinloc. Despite the blockade, the Filipino ship was able to deliver the supplies. This incident follows a similar one in February where Chinese military vessels interfered with a Manila Coast Guard patrol. In response, the US has mobilized aircraft for joint patrols in the region, showing support for the Philippines.
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The Philippines reported this Saturday that a Chinese Maritime Militia ship blocked the passage of a Coast Guard vessel, in a new episode that is part of the tensions over disputes over the South Sea. According to coastal authorities, the BRP Datu Sanday was on a resupply mission for 44 local fishermen, who were waiting near the Bajo de Masinloc. A video broadcast by the state channel PTV shows the Beijing ship preventing the Manila ship from advancing. According to them, the foreign ship was about 300 meters from the Filipino and the maneuver took place just 1.2 nautical miles south of Pantag Shoal. However, despite the efforts of the Xi Jinping regime, the BRP Datu Sanday managed to bring gasoline and food packages to the fishing boats. These types of maneuvers are increasingly common in the South Sea, where, in addition to the Philippines and China, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam also claim sovereignty. Ships carrying merchandise worth nearly USD 3.4 billion pass through ...
Source: Infobae
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