China is ‘deliberately stirring up trouble’ in the South China Sea, Philippines says

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A melodramatic stand-off pinch Beijing successful nan South China Sea this week was nan astir superior incident yet for nan Philippines, its apical information officials said connected Wednesday, vowing not to backmost down successful asserting nan country’s sovereign rights.

The Philippines has been incensed by what it calls repeated fierce behaviour by China’s coastguard, accusing its ships of utilizing h2o cannon and blocking and harassing a Philippine resupply ngo connected Tuesday for troops stationed astatine nan disputed Second Thomas Shoal.

The Philippines’ South China Sea task unit said a apical admiral was connected committee a alloy that was h2o cannoned by China’s coastguard, shattering its windshield and wounding 4 navy personnel. The admiral was unharmed.

“This is nan astir superior incident yet,” task unit spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said, accusing China of “deliberately stirring up trouble” and “maliciously inciting hype”.

China accused nan Philippines of intruding connected its territory, claiming indisputable sovereignty complete nan reef, located 1,300 km (808 miles) disconnected its mainland. China claims astir of nan South China Sea arsenic its own, contempt an world arbitration sheet concluding that position had nary ground nether world law.

Philippine Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro connected Wednesday said China’s claims were baseless and its actions this week were “patently forbidden and downright uncivilized”.

“This declare is, simply put, 1 that nary right-thinking authorities successful nan world agrees pinch and which galore outright condemn,” Teodoro said successful a statement.