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Chinese coast guard uses water cannon against Philippine ship in disputed area

Chinese Coast Guard vessels attacked a Philippine replenishment ship near a disputed atoll in the South China Sea with water cannons on Saturday, injuring the Navy crew and causing extensive damage. on the wooden boat, according to Philippine officials.

The United States and Japan immediately expressed their support for the Philippines, as well as their alarm over the aggression of Chinese forces in the vicinity of the Ayungin sandbank, which in the last year has been the scene of repeated confrontations between ships from Beijing and Manila.

The atoll has been occupied since 1999 by a small contingent of Filipino sailors on a stranded warship, but has been surrounded by coast guard vessels and suspected Chinese militias in an increasingly tense territorial standoff. It was the second time this month that the Unaizah May 4 was damaged by Chinese water cannons,

The repeated confrontations on the high seas have sparked fears that they could lead to a larger conflict between China and the United States.

Washington has no territorial claims in the busy seaway, which is a key global trade route, but has deployed Navy ships and warplanes in what it calls “freedom of navigation” operations, which have been criticized by Beijing. In addition, he affirms that he must defend the Philippines, his oldest ally in the region.

Escorted by two Philippine Coast Guard vessels, the Unaizah May 4 was preparing to deliver supplies and a new battalion of sailors to the outpost located on the atoll early Saturday morning, when vessels from the Chinese coast guard and Supposed militias blocked their path and surrounded them.

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