The Philippines accused a Chinese coast guard ship today of “blocking” three Philippine government vessels from delivering supplies to fishermen by firing high-pressure water jets near the Chinese-controlled Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. The Philippines condemned China’s “illegal provocation”. ,
Agence France-Presse reported that the Philippines’ National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea said in a statement that “Chinese coast guard vessels fired high-pressure water jets to prevent government vessels from delivering fuel and food to fishing boats.” Used jet.”
A video released by the Philippine Coast Guard shows a Chinese coast guard ship firing high-pressure water jets at an official ship of the Philippine Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.
Scarborough Shoal is the main fishing ground of the Philippines, located about 200 kilometers from the mainland of the Philippines and located within its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Sovereignty disputes have occurred intermittently for decades.
China claims sovereignty over almost the entire South China Sea, including the Scarborough Shoal, and although a 2016 South China Sea arbitration case rejected China’s claims, Beijing does not recognize the award.