China says Philippines’ actions towards Chinese coast guard illegal

June 4, 2024 - 3:55 PM
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An aerial view shows the BRP Sierra Madre on the contested Second Thomas Shoal, locally known as Ayungin, in the South China Sea, March 9, 2023 (File Photo via Reuters)

 China called the Philippines‘ actions towards Chinese coast guard during a supply mission at the Second Thomas Shoal last month illegal, Chinese foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

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The Philippines denied China’s allegations that Filipino troops on board a grounded warship on the shoal had guns pointed at the Chinese coast guard, saying its troops had acted professionally.

READ: Philippines says troops held weapons but did not point at Chinese coast guard

—Reporting by Eduardo Baptista; Writing by Liz Lee; Editing by Himani Sarkar