Philippines Tells China To 'Back Off' After Water Cannons Fired In South China Sea

Philippines Tells China To 'Back Off' After Water Cannons Fired In South China Sea

Andrew H. Sweet

The incident prompted swift condemnation from Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin, who warned Beijing that a mutual defense treaty with the U.S. covered the vessels.

Philippine national security adviser Hermogenes Esperon said two Chinese coast guard ships blocked the two wooden-hulled supply vessels.

Mr. Esperon said a third coast guard ship water cannoned the two [vessels] for one hour, with the impact causing one of the ship's outriggers to be displaced. Philippine authorities plan to deploy coast guard and Bureau of Fisheries vessels to back up its forces at Second Thomas Shoal.

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