China attacks Philippine coast guard ship

MANILA – Tensions between China and the Philippines have escalated once again following an incident in the South China Sea. On April 30, two Chinese coast guard ships fired water cannons at a Philippine coast guard vessel, the BRP Bagacay. The incident occurred near the disputed Scarborough Shoal.

According to Philippine authorities, the BRP Bagacay was in the area to supply fishermen with provisions. The Chinese ships approached from both sides and used water cannons to attack the Philippine vessel, resulting in damage to the BRP Bagacay.

The situation at Scarborough Shoal has long been contentious. Both China and the Philippines claim sovereignty rights over the reef and its surrounding waters. This recent incident exacerbates existing tensions and raises further questions about security and stability in the region.

The Philippine coast guard has condemned the incident and initiated an investigation. The Chinese side has not yet issued an official statement. The international community is closely monitoring the situation and hopes for a peaceful resolution to prevent further escalation. (zai) – Photo: Philippine Coast Guard