US warns China after maritime conflict with Philippines

U.S.A.US warns China after maritime conflict with Philippines

FILE PHOTO: Philippine sailors holding the flag. 29 March 2014. Reuters / Eric de Castro / FILE PHOTO

Nov 19 (Reuters) – The United States on Friday warned China that it supports Manila after conflicts with the Philippines in the South China Sea “an escalation that directly threatens regional peace and stability.”

“Beijing must not interfere with legitimate Philippine activities in the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

On Thursday, the Philippines condemned the actions of three Chinese Coast Guard ships “in the strongest possible terms” against refueling ships headed for Philippine-occupied atolls in the South China Sea with water cannons. was used.

Price said, “The United States supports our Philippine allies in maintaining a rules-based international maritime order and reaffirms that an armed attack against Philippine public vessels in the South China Sea violates the United States’ mutual defense commitments.” will implement.”

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He said, “The United States strongly believes that the actions of the PRC (People’s Republic of China) reaffirm its vast and illegal maritime claims in the South China Sea, undermine peace and security in the region.” Huh.”

The incident took place when US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping discussed various issues in a three-hour video call.

(Reporting by Aakriti Sharma in Bengaluru and Susan Heavy in Washington; Edited in Spanish by Carlos Serrano)

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