Philippines Accuses China Of 'Harassment' In Disputed Sea

Philippines Accuses China Of 'Harassment' In Disputed Sea

Raghavan Mayur

On Tuesday, the Defense Minister of the Philippines accused the Chinese coastguard of "intimidation and harassment" after Philippine Navy personnel were filmed and photographed unloading goods in the disputed South China Sea.

Manila expressed outrage over the attack, which forced the Philippine boats to abort their mission. But Beijing said the vessels had entered its waters without permission.

China claims almost all of the waterway, through which trillions of dollars in trade pass annually, with competing claims from Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

Beijing has ignored a 2016 ruling by The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration that its historical claim is without basis.

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