China Coast Guard’s Actions Against Philippine boats Denounced by PCG

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has expressed its strong condemnation of the China Coast Guard’s (CCG’s) actions against the PCG vessels that were escorting the supply boats for the Philippine military troops in Ayungin Shoal on Saturday, August 5, 2023.

The PCG said that the CCG engaged in “dangerous maneuvers and illegal use of water cannons” that endangered the lives of the PCG crew and the supply boats.

The supply boats were carrying food, water, fuel and other supplies for the Philippine troops stationed on BRP Sierra Madre, a grounded naval ship that serves as an outpost in the disputed shoal.

China attacks Philippine Coast Guard

The PCG said that the CCG’s actions violated international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the 1972 Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS), and the 2016 Arbitral Award that invalidated China’s expansive claims in the South China Sea.

The PCG urged the CCG to respect the Philippines’ sovereign rights in its exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, refrain from interfering with freedom of navigation, and hold accountable the individuals involved in this unlawful incident.

The PCG also appealed to the CCG as a responsible maritime organization to abide by state obligations under UNCLOS, COLREGS, and other relevant instruments of international maritime safety and security, and to stop all illegal activities within the Philippine maritime zones.

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