The Philippines accused China on Sunday of firing a water cannon against fisheries office vessels providing humanitarian support in Scarborough Atoll, in contested waters. Some actions he called “aggressive and illegal.”
According to a statement from the National Task Force for the Manila Call for the West Philippine Sea, a body linked to the Government of the Philippines, Chinese ships. “used water cannons to block and prevent” Philippine boats from approaching fishing vesselswho are waiting for oil subsidy and food packages.
“Water cannons were used at least eight times,” the note said.
According to the Philippine task force, Chinese ships also carried out “dangerous maneuvers” and activated a remote acoustic device against Philippine-flagged ships, causing “serious temporary inconvenience and debilitation to some Filipino crews.”
Tensions have risen in recent months
The incident occurred near Scarborough Atoll, which is controlled by China and a point of conflict between Manila and Beijing.
China and the Philippines are in dispute over the sovereignty of some islands and atolls in the South China Sea, which Beijing claims almost entirely and where it also disputes the territories of Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan and Brunei.
Tensions between the two countries have risen in recent monthswhile the President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. strengthened his defense alliance with the United States and reversed the rapprochement with Beijing promoted by his predecessor, Rodrigo Duterte.
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