Philippines is chastised by China Coast Guard for “intentional” collision in Ren’ai Reef waters

The South China Sea’s Ren’ai Reef was allegedly violated by Philippine warships on Tuesday, when the China Coast Guard accused them of acting in a “unprofessional and dangerous manner” and “intentionally colliding” with a Chinese ship. China Coast Guard spokesperson Gan Yu said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon that the Philippines intentionally sent two coast guard ships and two supply vessels into the waters near Ren’ai Reef in China’s Nansha Islands on Tuesday in order to resupply their military ship that has been illegally grounded on the reef for 24 years. This statement followed a brief one released earlier on the same day.

 

“The China Coast Guard strictly controlled the situation in accordance with the law and made a temporary special arrangement out of humanitarian concern for one of the Philippine vessels transporting essential life supplies,” he said, highlighting that the on-site management was “reasonable, lawful, professional and standardized” . Gan, however, took issue with the fact that one of the Philippine coast guard ships purposefully collided with a Chinese coast guard ship carrying out routine law enforcement during the incident, causing minor scraping, despite repeated warnings from the Chinese side and in violation of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea.

 

“The responsibility lies entirely with the Philippine side,” he stated. “The Philippines has broken its promise, deliberately staged a provocation, maliciously sensationalized the incident, and continued to undermine peace and stability in the South China Sea.” The spokeswoman stated, “The China Coast Guard is always on high alert and ready to resolutely counter any infringement and provocation at any time, firmly safeguarding national territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests.”

 

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