US demands Beijing stop 'provocative and unsafe' acts in South China Sea

AFP , Saturday 29 Apr 2023

The US called on China Saturday to stop its "provocative and unsafe conduct" in the disputed South China Sea, after a Chinese coast guard ship recently cut off a Philippine patrol vessel there, causing a near-collision.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a meeting with China s Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Nu
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a meeting with China s Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, July 9, 2022. AP

 

State Department spokesman Matthew Miller, in a statement two days before President Joe Biden is to host Philippine counterpart Ferdinand Marcos Jr. at the White House, called images of the incident a reminder of China's "harassment and intimidation" of Philippine vessels in the contested waterway.

"We call upon Beijing to desist from its provocative and unsafe conduct," he said, adding that any attack on Philippine armed forces would trigger a US response.

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