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Patama sa China! US slams ‘coercion, intimidation’ in South China Sea after PH boat sinks

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The United States has warned against using coercion and intimidation to assert claims in the South China Sea after a Chinese vessel sank a Philippine boat in Recto Bank.

In a statement Friday (June 14), the US embassy said it was thankful there were no deaths in the incident and that Filipino fishermen rescued the Filipinos who were on the boat when it sank.

“Our position on the South China Sea is clear: We support lawful uses of the sea, respect for international law, unimpeded lawful commerce, and peace and stability. We urge all parties to refrain from using coercion and intimidation to assert their territorial and maritime claims,” the US said.

The US embassy released the statement about an hour after China admitted that a Chinese vessel hit the Filipino boat on June 9.

China, however, claimed the Chinese were “besieged” by the seven or eight Filipino boats. It denied the incident was a “hit and run.”

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