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Philippine ship dodges China blockade to reach South China Sea outpost
reuters.com ^ | Mar 30, 2014 10:45pm EDT | Erik de Castro and Roli Ng

Posted on 03/30/2014 8:46:50 PM PDT by BenLurkin

SECOND THOMAS SHOAL, South China Sea (Reuters) -The Philippine government vessel made a dash for shallow waters around the disputed reef in the South China Sea, evading two Chinese coastguard ships trying to block its path to deliver food, water and fresh troops to a military outpost on the shoal.

The cat-and-mouse encounter on Saturday, witnessed by Reuters and other media invited onboard the Philippine ship, offered a rare glimpse into the tensions playing out routinely in waters that are one of the region's biggest flashpoints.

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1 posted on 03/30/2014 8:46:50 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin
If there's a landing strip on that island the Philippines should send a plane to resupply it.If not,a helicopter (if distances permit).Let the Butchers of Beijing shoot them down.Sacrifice a few of your citizens to make a hugely important point.
2 posted on 03/30/2014 8:56:23 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: BenLurkin

Philippines really has nothing to lose. They need to be more aggressive.


3 posted on 03/30/2014 9:48:02 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: Gay State Conservative

Apperently there is a small island (not a given in this area, many of the disputed areas are just reefs) and a landing strip, why they aren't using it I don't know.

4 posted on 03/30/2014 9:54:54 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: GATOR NAVY

If you look closely you can see flight MH370 parked on that runway.


5 posted on 03/30/2014 10:20:44 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: GATOR NAVY

A ship can deliver a lot more supplies all at once.


6 posted on 03/31/2014 3:08:57 AM PDT by riverrunner
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