Bongbong Marcos, Chinese envoy discuss sea rift after laser beam attack | Global News

Bongbong Marcos, Chinese envoy discuss sea rift after laser beam attack

/ 08:16 PM February 14, 2023

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Monday described as provocative the recent laser attack of the Chinese coast guard against the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

China Coast Guard Vessel No. 5205 is shown directing a laser beam at the BRP Malapascua in the West Philippine Sea in this photo taken on Feb. 6, 2023. (Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard) 

MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian met to strategize on Tuesday on how best to settle the maritime disputes between the two nations.

The high-level meeting between the two officials was held as a response to an incident in which a China Coast Guard ship fired a laser beam at a Philippine Coast Guard vessel near the Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea, causing temporary vision impairment to some of the PCG crew.


The Chinese Embassy in Manila issued a statement saying, “Both parties discussed how to actualize the consensus formed by the two heads of state, increase dialogue and communication, and thoughtfully manage maritime differences between China and the Philippines.”


Marcos summoned Huang to air his “serious concern” over the actions of China against the PCG and Filipino fishermen in the West Philippine Sea.

The Philippines has filed a diplomatic protest following the Ayungin Shoal incident.

China, however, asserted that the Philippines intruded into Chinese territory (Ren’ai Reef), and hence took action.

The Philippines has sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea, based on the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s 2016 ruling.
China, however, refuses to recognize the court’s verdict.

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