United State He urged on Sunday Beijing “to stop his behavior.”Dangerous and destabilizing” in it South China Seaafter Filipino boat And one Chinese Coast Guard ship They collided near a disputed reef.
The two countries accused each other early Sunday after Collisionthe final confrontation in Reclaimed water.
This came in a US State Department statement signed by US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller. He expressed his support for the Philippines “in confronting these dangerous and illegal acts.”
The event occurred during a Resupply mission A Filipino ship on a sandbank in… Spratly Islandsa The focus of conflict between Manila And BeijingA day after another incident.
On both occasions Chinese ships were used Water guns And Reckless maneuverseven resulting in a collision that damaged the Philippine ships Official supply missions to those places, exposing them to danger Crew safety “Filipino,” the text states.
In the previous incident that occurred in Scarborough Sandbank The ships also used acoustic devices, which rendered the ship incapacitated Filipino crew“he added.
“These actions not only reflect reckless disregard Security and livelihoods For Filipinos, but also for Filipinos International rightMiller added in the note.
Filipino And China It has a long history of maritime incidents in the disputed area south china sea, Including two previous collisions.
Beijing demands almost all of these watersIncluding waters and islands near other people’s shores neighbouring countries Ignoring a sentence from A International Court Which ruled that their claims had no legal basis.
China publishes Patrol boats the Busy sea road And he built Artificial islands with Military presence To strengthen their claims.
Miller added that the ruling Court 2016 Final and legally binding People’s republic of China And to the Philippines” referring to the abbreviation “ People’s republic of Chinaits official name.
He added, “The United States asks (China) to abide by the ruling and stop its behavior.” Dangerous and destabilizing“, notes the statement.
“The United States supports us Filipino allies In the face of these dangerous and illegal actions,” the spokesman adds and clarifies that Mutual Defense Treaty between United State And Filipino “Extends to Armed attacks in Armed Forces of the PhilippinesOr official ships or Planesincluding your own Coastguard anywhere in South China Sea“The senior official explained.
Relationships between Manila And Beijing It deteriorated under the presidency Ferdinand MarcosWhich tried to improve relations with its traditional counterpart American ally And oppose Chinese actions in South China Sea.
(With information from AFP and EFE)