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Philippines blames China Coast Guard for South China Sea collisions

Manila says Chinese vessel's 'dangerous maneuvers' caused incident in waterway

Philippine Coast Guard personnel inspect the hull of their ship after the Philippine Coast Guard vessel BRP Sindangan and a Chinese Coast Guard ship collided in the South China Sea on March 5.   © Reuters

MANILA -- The Philippines accused China of disrupting its mission to resupply troops stationed in the South China Sea on Tuesday, in the latest clash between the two countries in the disputed waters.

Jay Tarriela, the Philippine Coast Guard's spokesperson, accused a China Coast Guard vessel of carrying out "dangerous maneuvers," and blocking the BRP Sindangan, a Philippine Coast Guard ship that was escorting Manila's resupply mission. The destination of the resupply mission was Second Thomas Shoal, where the BRP Sierra Madre, a grounded warship, is stationed.

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