Philippine ship dodges China blockade to reach South China Sea outpost




 
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Philippine ship dodges China blockade to reach South China Sea outpost
 
March 31st, 2014  
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Topic: Philippine ship dodges China blockade to reach South China Sea outpost


Philippine ship dodges China blockade to reach South China Sea outpost
By Erik de Castro and Roli Ng SECOND THOMAS SHOAL, South China Sea (Reuters) -The Philippine government vessel made a dash for shallow waters around the disputed reef in the South China Sea, evading two Chinese coastguard ships trying to block its path to deliver food, water and fresh troops to a military outpost on the shoal. It's also a reminder of how assertive China has become in pressing its claims to disputed territory far from its mainland. "If we didn't change direction, if we didn't change course, then we would have collided with them," Ferdinand Gato, captain of the Philippine vessel, a civilian craft, told Reuters after his boat had anchored on the Second Thomas Shoal under a hot sun. China, which claims 90 percent of the South China Sea, says the shoal is part of its territory.




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