Philippine vessel evades Chinese Coast Guard ships in disputed waters

Philippines boat carrying supplies to soldiers evades coastguard after a two-hour stand off

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PUBLISHED : Saturday, 29 March, 2014, 8:44pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 30 March, 2014, 6:02am
Agencies in Manila
A Philippine government ship slipped past a Chinese coastguard blockade yesterday and brought food and fresh troops to a marooned navy ship used as a base by Philippine troops to bolster the country’s territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea.

The cat-and-mouse-like confrontation was witnessed by journalists, who were allowed by the Philippine military to board the government vessel to show what Manila has said is “China’s bullying” in the disputed waters.

The two-hour stand-off was the latest in a series of escalations in a dispute between the two countries over their competing claims to waters and islands close to Philippine land mass.
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Filipinos back Manila’s move to confront China over South China Sea

Move to challenge China’s territorial claims in UN-backed court popular: poll

UPDATED : Tuesday, 11 February, 2014, 1:27am

Raissa Robles in Manila

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Philippine Foreign Affairs Department spokesman, Raul Hernandez. Photo: AFP

A majority of Filipinos back the Philippine government’s move to challenge China’s territorial claims over the South China Sea before an international arbitration court, according to the results of a poll released yesterday.

The poll also showed that Filipinos did not trust China much.

Philippine pollster Social Weather Stations  said 81 per cent of Filipinos it surveyed backed last January’s decision to challenge Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea in the UN-backed tribunal. Continue reading “Filipinos back Manila’s move to confront China over South China Sea”