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    Philippines Says Chinese Coast Guard Used Water Cannons Against its Vessels for a Second Day

    Philippines Says Chinese Coast Guard Used Water Cannons Against its Vessels for a Second Day

    , (AP) — The Chinese coast guard targeted Philippine vessels with water cannon blasts Sunday and rammed one of them, causing damage and endangering Filipino crew members off a disputed shoal in the South Sea, just a day after similar hostilities at another contested shoal, Philippine officials said.

    The Philippines and its treaty ally, the United States, immediately condemned the latest confrontation near the Second Thomas Shoal, where two Philippine navy-operated supply boats and two Philippine coast guard escort ships had sailed to deliver food and other supplies to Filipino forces in a long-marooned navy ship that serves as a territorial outpost.

    “We condemn, once again, China's latest unprovoked acts of coercion and dangerous maneuvers against a legitimate and routine Philippine rotation and resupply mission to Ayungin Shoal that has put the lives of our people at risk,” a Philippine government task that deals with the territorial disputes said in a statement, using the Filipino name for the shoal.

    The Chinese coast guard's high-pressure water cannon blasts disabled and severely damaged the engines of the Philippine supply boat M/L Kalayaan, which had to be towed back to the western Philippine province of Palawan, Philippine officials said, adding the action seriously endangered the lives of the crew.

    One of two Philippine coast guard escort ships, the BRP Cabra, sustained damage to…

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