USA urged on Sunday Beijing to stop his actions “dangerous and destabilizing” in it South China Seaafter a Filipino boat and one chinese coast guard ship They collided near a disputed reef.
Both countries accused each other early Sunday after the collisionthe most recent confrontation in reclaimed waters.
In a State Department statement signed by spokesperson Matthew Miller, US. He showed his support for the Philippines “in the face of these dangerous and illegal actions.”
The event occurred during a resupply mission of a Philippine ship on a sandbank, in the Spratly Islandsa focus of conflict between Manila and Beijinga day after another incident.
On both occasions the Chinese ships “used water cannons and reckless maneuverseven forcing a collision that damaged Philippine vessels carrying out official supply missions to those places, and endangering the crew safety Filipino,” the text states.
In the previous incident that occurred in scarborough sandbank The ships “also used acoustic devices, incapacitating the Filipino crew”he added.
“These actions reflect not only a reckless disregard for security and livelihoods of the Filipinos, but also for the international right”Miller added in the note.
Philippines and China have a long history of maritime incidents in the disputed south china sea, including two previous collisions.
Beijing claims almost all of these watersincluding waters and islands near the shores of others neighbor countries and has ignored a sentence from a international court which ruled that their claims have no legal basis.
China deploys patrol boats the busy sea route and has built artificial islands with military presence to reinforce their claims.
Miller added that the ruling court of 2016 “is final and legally binding with respect to PRC and to the Philippines” in reference to the acronym of the People’s Republic of Chinaits official name.
“The United States asks (China) to abide by the ruling and desist from its conduct.” dangerous and destabilizing“, indicates the statement.
“The United States supports our Filipino allies in the face of these dangerous and illegal actions,” adds the spokesperson and clarifies that the mutual defense treaty between USA and Philippines “extends to armed attacks at philippine armed forcesofficial ships or aircraftincluding those of your Coast Guard anywhere in the South China Sea“explained the senior official.
The relationships between Manila and Beijing deteriorated under the presidency of Ferdinand Marcoswhich has tried to improve ties with its traditional American ally and oppose Chinese actions in the South China Sea.
(With information from AFP and EFE)