U.S. to work with Philippines after face-off with Chinese boat

In this photo provided by the Philippine Coast Guard, a Chinese Coast Guard ship sails near a Philippine Coast Guard vessel during its patrol at Bajo de Masinloc, 124 nautical miles west of Zambales province northwestern Philippines on March 2, 2022. Chinese coast guard ships have maneuvered dangerously close to Philippine coast guard ships at least four times since last year near a disputed shoal that increased the risks of collision and violated international safety regulations, the Philippine coast guard said Sunday. (Philippine Coast Guard via AP)

In this photo provided by the Philippine Coast Guard, a Chinese Coast Guard ship sails near a Philippine Coast Guard vessel during its patrol at Bajo de Masinloc, 124 nautical miles west of Zambales province northwestern Philippines on March 2, 2022. Chinese coast guard ships have maneuvered dangerously close to Philippine coast guard ships at least four times since last year near a disputed shoal that increased the risks of collision and violated international safety regulations, the Philippine coast guard said Sunday. (Philippine Coast Guard via AP)

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UPDATED 11:02 AM PT – Monday, March 28, 2022

The Philippine Coast Guard released a video of their face-off with a Chinese patrol vessel that reportedly took place in the disputed waters off the South China Sea on March 2. Philippine officials denounced China’s actions as “risky close-distance maneuvering.”

China has sought to control strategic maritime routes in the South China Sea over the past few years. U.S. Navy officials say China’s military presence in the area requires a closer cooperation with the Philippines.

“An opportunity to work with the Philippine military is critical right now as we strengthen our ties, our relationships, as we both have a shared vision and a common goal for a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” stated CDR Joel Martinez, Commanding Officer for Patrol Squadron 47, U.S. Navy.

Beijing said its vessel was operating in Chinese territorial waters while the Philippines asserted the area is within its own exclusive economic zone.

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