Philippines Condemns China’s ‘Illegal Use Of Force’ In Sea Clash

MANILA — The Philippines on Monday denounced Beijing’s “aggressive and illegal use of force” during last week’s South China Sea clash between its navy and the Chinese coast guard.

Chinese sailors wielding knives, sticks and an axe foiled a Filipino attempt a week ago to resupply marines stationed on a derelict warship that was deliberately grounded atop the disputed shoal to assert Manila’s territorial claims.

A Filipino soldier lost a finger in the clash, with Manila also accusing the Chinese coast guard of looting guns and damaging inflatable boats and other equipment.

“We are not downplaying the incident. It was an aggressive and illegal use of force,” Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro told a news conference.


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