PH allies denounce China's water bombing vs. PCG vessels in WPS
PH allies denounce China's water bombing vs. PCG vessels in WPS
PH allies denounce China's water bombing vs. PCG vessels in WPS
by Ellicia Del Mundo06 August 2023
Photo courtesy: PCG Facebook page

United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK) respectively denounced the China Coast Guard’s (CCG) blocking and water-cannoning against the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) vessels near Ayungin shoal in the West Philippine Sea.

In a statement, the US Department of State pointed out that CCG’s action is “inconsistent with international law”, and that this “directly” threatens regional peace and stability.

“By impending necessary provision from reaching the Filipino service members stationed at Second Thomas Shoal, the PRC has also undertaken unwarranted interference in lawful Philippine maritime operations,” it said.

The US Department of State reiterated that the US could invoke its mutual defense commitments with the Philippines once there are armed attacks on its public vessels, aircraft, and armed forces, including the PCG.


Meanwhile, in a separate statement, the British Embassy said that it is concerned by the recent incident in the WPS.

Similar to the US Department of State, it said that CCG’s recent moves “poses serious risks to regional peace and stability.”

“Britain stands steadfast in its commitment to international law, in particular, UNCLOS, in the South China Sea,” the British Embassy said.

Aside from the two embassies, Japan Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhiko Koshikawa also issued a statement regarding the incident.


“Totally unacceptable any harassment [and] action which infringe on lawful activity of the sea and endanger the navigational safety,” he said.

Koshikawa also joined in urging China to uphold the UNCLOS and 2016 Arbitral Award.

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