Philippines asks China to explain ship incident

March 4, 2011 06:22


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MANILA - The Philippines on Friday demanded an explanation from China over an incident in a disputed area in the South China Sea in which it says two Chinese patrol boats threatened to ram a survey ship.

The incident occurred on Wednesday when the Philippine survey ship was conducting seismic tests in the Reed Bank, which China also claims as part of its territorial waters in the South China Sea.

"The Philippines has sought an explanation from the Chinese embassy," foreign ministry spokesman, Ed Malaya, said on Friday.

"To avoid further confrontation, the (Philippine) vessel moved away from its position," he said, adding the vessel resumed its normal activities on Thursday.

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