China says US using Philippines as 'pawn' in South China Sea | Global News

China says US using Philippines as ‘pawn’ in South China Sea

/ 04:01 PM March 06, 2024

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This photo taken on March 5, 2024 shows a vessel identified by the Philippine Coast Guard as “Chinese maritime militia” during sunrise in the disputed South China Sea. The Philippines said on March 5 that China Coast Guard vessels caused two collisions with Philippine boats and water cannoned one of them, leaving four crew injured during a resupply mission in the South China Sea. AFP

BEIJING — China on Wednesday accused the United States of using the Philippines as a “pawn” in the South China Sea, as hostilities between the two Asian nations escalate over their territorial dispute in the region.

“China urges the United States not to use the Philippines as a pawn to stir up trouble in the South China Sea. The Philippines should not let itself be at the mercy of the United States,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning told reporters.

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