US to China: Stop harassing Philippine vessels

This photo taken on April 23, 2023 shows the Philippine coast guard vessel BRP Malapascua (R) maneuvering as a Chinese coast guard ship cuts its path to Ayungin (Second Thomas) Shoal in the Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea. AFP was one of several media outlets invited to join two Philippine Coast Guard boats on a 1,670-kilometer patrol of the South China Sea, visiting a dozen islands and reefs. Beijing claims sovereignty over almost the entire South China Sea, including the Spratly Islands, ignoring an international ruling that the assertion has no legal basis.
Published June 27, 2024

MANILA, Philippines — The United States called on China Wednesday to end harassment of Philippine vessels and interference in the West Philippine Sea.

US Ambassador MaryKay Carlson said the “chorus against threats to peace and stability in the South China Sea is growing louder and stronger each day.”

“When the United States sees our partners being bullied in their backyard, we speak up. And we encourage others to speak up as well – and they are doing so,” Carlson said in her remarks at the East-West Center’s International Media Conference.

She noted that a “free and open Indo-Pacific” is a region free from coercion from other countries, open to trade and investment and governed by international law.

“With likeminded partners and all who support the rule of law, we urge the PRC (People’s Republic of China) to cease harassment of Philippine vessels lawfully operating in the Philippine exclusive economic zones; to halt its disruption to states’ sovereign rights to explore, utilize, conserve and manage natural resources in their territories and EEZs; and to end its interference with the freedoms of navigation and overflight of all states lawfully operating in the region,” she said.

When disputes arise, she said they should be resolved in accordance with international law. “We will continue to support the Philippines and other partners on these issues,” Carlson added.

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SOURCE: www.philstar.com

RELATED: US envoy tells China: ‘Cease harassment of Philippine vessels’

‘When the United States sees our partners being bullied in their backyard, we speak up’

Published June 26, 2024

MANILA, Philippines – United States Ambassador to Manila MaryKay Carlson on Wednesday, June 26, urged China to “cease harassment of Philippine vessels,” more than a week after Chinese harassment resulted in the mutilation of a Filipino soldier’s thumb.

“When the United States sees our partners being bullied in their backyard, we speak up. And we encourage others to speak up as well – and they are doing so. The chorus against threats to peace and stability in the South China Sea is growing louder and stronger each day,” said Carlson, speaking before an audience of journalists at the East-West Center’s International Media Conference in Manila.

Carlson, who spoke after Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo, said that the US along with “likeminded partners… who support the rule of law… urge the PRC to cease harassment of Philippine vessels lawfully operating in the Philippine exclusive economic zones.”

The US ambassador also called on China to “halt its disruption to states’ sovereign rights to explore, utilize, conserve, and manage natural resources in their territories and EEZs” and “end its interference with the freedoms of navigation and overflight of all states lawfully operating in the region.”

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SOURCE: www.rappler.com

RELATED: US renews warning it’s obligated to defend the Philippines after its clash with China

Philippine security officials say Chinese forces have seized two Philippine rubber boats that were delivering food and other supplies to a military ship outpost in a disputed South China Sea shoal in a tense confrontation in which some Filipino navy pe…

Published June 26, 2024

MANILA, Philippines — Chinese forces seized two Philippine rubber boats that were delivering food and other supplies to a military outpost in a disputed South China Sea shoal in a tense confrontation in which some Filipino navy personnel were injured, Philippine security officials said Tuesday.

The United States renewed a warning Tuesday that it is obligated to defend the Philippines, a treaty ally, a day after the hourslong hostilities in Second Thomas Shoal. The shoal has been occupied by a small Philippine navy contingent aboard a long-grounded warship that has been closely monitored by China’s coast guard and navy in a yearslong territorial standoff.

There is fear that territorial disputes in the South China Sea, long regarded as an Asian flashpoint, could escalate and pit the United States and China in a larger conflict. China and the Philippines blamed each other for Monday’s hostilities, the most serious in recent months, but provided few details.

A Philippine government task force overseeing the territorial disputes condemned what it said were “dangerous maneuvers, including ramming and towing” which disrupted an effort to transport food, water and other supplies to the Filipinos manning the territorial outpost on the grounded ship, the BRP Sierra Madre, at the shoal. It did not elaborate.

Two Philippine security officials, who had knowledge of the supply mission at the shoal, separately told The Associated Press that two rubber boats manned by Filipino navy personnel had approached the BRP Sierra Madre at the shoal to deliver fresh supplies when several Chinese coast guard personnel on speedboats arrived to disrupt the mission, sparking a scuffle and collisions.

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SOURCE: www.abcnews.go.com

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