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Chinese ship 'bullies' Philippine Coast Guard vessels - DFA

InterAksyon.com
The online news portal of TV5

China's FLEC 310 ship, its fastest and biggest ship currently in Scarborough Shoal, made a high-speed pass at two Philippine Coast Guard vessels on Saturday morning, the Department of Foreign Affairs said, in an incident characterized by DFA officials as 'bullying'.

The DFA said the Chinese ship made a dangerously close, high-speed pass at the BRP Pampanga and BRP Edsa as the Philippine vessels were turning over patrol duties in the area. The high-speed pass created a two-meter wave that buffeted the two ships, the DFA's report said.

The Philippine Coast Guard did not react to the incident, it added. Nobody was harmed, and neither of the ships were damaged.

But the incident again underscored growing tensions in the Scarborough Shoal. The DFA said the Chinese ship's actions posed a danger and were violative of international regulations designed to prevent ship collisions at sea.

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