Collision in Contested Waters: Chinese and Philippine Vessels Clash near Spratly Islands

A Chinese vessel and a Philippine supply ship collided near the disputed Spratly Islands, escalating ongoing territorial tensions in the South China Sea. China's coast guard blamed the Philippine vessel for the collision, while the Philippine military criticized China's aggression. The incident adds to a series of territorial conflicts involving multiple nations.


PTI | Taipei | Updated: 17-06-2024 16:03 IST | Created: 17-06-2024 16:03 IST
Collision in Contested Waters: Chinese and Philippine Vessels Clash near Spratly Islands
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A Chinese vessel and a Philippine supply ship collided near the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Monday, China's coast guard reported, escalating territorial disputes that have alarmed several nations.

The collision occurred when a Philippine supply ship entered waters near the Second Thomas Shoal. The Philippines asserts this area falls within its internationally recognized exclusive economic zone, backed by a 2016 international arbitration ruling that invalidated China's extensive claims based on historical grounds.

The Chinese coast guard accused the Philippine vessel of ignoring warnings and approaching dangerously, resulting in the collision. Conversely, the Philippine military condemned the Chinese coast guard's narrative, defending its right to routine resupply missions within its economic zone.

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