Skip to comments.Philippines backs Vietnam after China sinks fishing boat
Posted on 04/13/2020 5:13:05 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines on Wednesday expressed solidarity with Vietnam after Hanoi protested what it said was the ramming and sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat by a Chinese coast guard ship in the disputed South China Sea.
The Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila expressed deep concern over the reported April 3 sinking of the boat carrying eight fishermen off the Paracel Islands. The incident happened at a time when a common approach was crucial in confronting the coronavirus pandemic, it said.
COVID-19 is a very real threat that demands unity and mutual trust, the department said. In the face of it, neither fish nor fictional historical claims are worth the fuse thats lit by such incidents.
China claims virtually the entire South China Sea and has built several islands equipped with military installations in the area, one of world's busiest shipping lanes. Vietnam has been the most vocal opponent of Beijing's territorial assertiveness.
The Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs recalled that 22 Filipino fishermen were left floating in the high seas after a Chinese vessel sank their boat at Reed Bank on June 9 last year. They were rescued by a Vietnamese fishing vessel.
Our own similar experience revealed how much trust in a friendship is lost by it and how much trust was created by Vietnams humanitarian act of directly saving the lives of our Filipino fishermen, the department said.
The United States has also expressed serious concern over the reported sinking of the Vietnamese vessel and called on China to remain focused on supporting efforts to combat the pandemic and stop exploiting the distraction or vulnerability of other states to expand its unlawful claims in the South China Sea.
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It’s not like a communist regime to try and take advantage of a crisis or the misfortune of others.
Im sure solidarity scares the hell of the Chinese...
Order Navy SEALs to swim ashore at night at every one of these Chinese South China seas reef outposts and release biological warfare agents. Payback is a bitch
The Philippines on Wednesday expressed solidarity with Vietnam after Hanoi protested what it said was the ramming and sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat by a Chinese coast guard ship in the disputed South China Sea.
This might set back the ChiCom relations with the Vietnamese for a while.
I don't see a problem. Japan built many runways throughout SW Pacific islands during peacetime.
japan isn’t a commie country trying to stop anyone else from being in the area
China might want to check with Japan on how they enjoyed the filipino guerillas,
People around the world who would rather ally with China than the USA should take note of this behavior. This is what you get from Communists.
Taking help from them to build infrastructure or anything else comes at a price. They aren’t giving anything away.
That’s the most important post of the day.
Are you willing to go and fight on the front lines of the war that will then start?
,,, as a number of African nations have found out or are about to.
I live in Hawaii, we are, we would be on the front lines.
There is nothing I would rather do more than pick off PLA soldiers, if they came here.
Me and 10’s of 1000’s of others .
Chop suey . F the PRC
Works for me
“release biological warfare agents.”
Just do it, claim no knowledge or responsibility.
The raids may even go in completely unnoticed.
Payback . COVID is no accident
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