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Peligrosong aksyon ng China sa WPS, kinondena ng US

MANILA, Philippines – Kinondena ng Estados Unidos ang mapanganib na aksyon ng China sa Pilipinas sa panibagong insidente sa West Philippine Sea nitong Sabado, Marso 23.

“The United States stands with its ally the Philippines and condemns the dangerous actions by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) against lawful Philippine maritime operations in the South China Sea on March 23,” sinabi ng US State Department nitong weekend.

Ayon kay Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller, paulit-ulit na gumamit ang mga barko ng China ng water cannon at mapanganib pang hinarangan ng mga ito ang mga barko ng Pilipinas na nagdulot ng pinsala at may mga nasaktan pa sa hanay ng bansa.

“The PRC’s actions prevent normal personnel rotations and deprive Filipino service members at Second Thomas Shoal of necessary provisions. This incident marks only the latest in the PRC’s repeated obstruction of Philippine vessels’ exercise of high seas freedom of navigation and disruption of supply lines to this longstanding outpost.”

Ikinokonsidera ng State Department of aksyon ng China bilang “destabilizing to the region and show clear disregard for international law.”

“According to an international tribunal’s legally binding decision issued in July 2016, the PRC has no lawful maritime claims to the waters around Second Thomas Shoal and Second Thomas Shoal is a low tide feature clearly within the Philippines exclusive economic zone. As provided under the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention, the 2016 arbitral decision is final and legally binding on the PRC and the Philippines, and the United States calls upon the PRC to abide by the ruling and desist from its dangerous and destabilizing conduct,” saad sa pahayag.

Pagpapatuloy, sinabi ng US na “it reaffirms that Article IV of the 1951 U.S.-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty extends to armed attacks on Philippine armed forces, public vessels, or aircraft – including those of its Coast Guard – anywhere in the South China Sea.” RNT/JGC

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