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Manila says Chinese ship threatened its 2 vessels

By Associated Press


MANILA, Philippines >> The Philippines says a Chinese government ship has made dangerous maneuvers close to two Philippine coast guard vessels in a disputed shoal but that there was no collision.

Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez says the Philippine vessels were not provoked by the "bullying" of the Chinese ship Saturday at the Scarborough Shoal off the northwestern Philippines, where the two countries have been locked in a tense standoff since April 10.

Hernandez says the Chinese ship made two threatening passes near the Filipino vessels at about 20 knots, getting as close as 200 yards to one of the vessels before veering away and generating waves that lashed the two ships.

Hernandez said Sunday that Manila would protest the Chinese ship's act.

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