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US irked by China’s action against PCG

By Rhaydz B. Barcia

UNITED States Ambassador to the Philippines MaryKay Carlson strongly condemns China’s perilous actions at Ayungin Shoal, risking the lives of Philippine government forces.

“We strongly condemn the PRC’s dangerous maneuvers at Ayungin/Second Thomas Shoal, which endangered lives, resulted in injuries, and damaged Philippine Coast Guard vessels in the Philippines Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ),” stated Carlson.

“The United States stands with the Philippines and proponents of international law in support of a #FreeAndOpenIndoPacific,” she affirmed on Twitter.

This comes after the Chinese Coast Guard harassed the PCG BRP SIERRA MADRE (LS 57) during a routine mission at Ayungin Shoal. The National Task Force-West Philippine Sea reported dangerous maneuvers, collisions, and the deployment of water cannons by the Chinese vessels, causing injuries and damage.

The Philippines maintains a peaceful and lawful stance, asserting its rights under UNCLOS and the 2016 Arbitral Award. The statement emphasizes the need for China to demonstrate responsibility and adherence to international norms.


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