China’s forces shadow a Philippine navy ship near disputed shoal, sparking new exchange of warnings

December 7, 2023

A Philippine navy patrol ship was shadowed by Chinese forces near a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, sparking a fresh exchange of accusations and warnings between the Asian neighbors Tuesday. Chinese and Philippine security officials gave conflicting accounts of Monday's encounter near Scarborough Shoal. China has surrounded the shoal with its navy and coast guard ships since a tense standoff with Philippine vessels more than a decade ago.


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