Philippines condemns China's actions in South China Sea against fishing vessels
The Philippines condemned China's "illegal and aggressive actions" in the South China Sea on Saturday, saying its coast guard had fired water cannon at a Philippine fisheries bureau vessel conducting a regular resupply mission.
The Philippine task force for the South China Sea, an inter-agency government body, called for China to stop its "aggressive activities" in the Scarborough Shoal, which is claimed by both countries.
U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines MaryKay Carlson said in a post on the social media platform X that China's behaviour "violates international law and endangers lives and livelihoods."
She said the U.S. stood by the Philippines in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific.
State media reported, China said earlier that it took "control measures" against three Philippine fishing vessels that had intruded into waters near Scarborough Shoal.