Philippine president: China laser not enough to activate U.S. defence pact

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The Philippine president said Saturday the Chinese coast guard's use of military-grade laser that briefly blinded some of the crew aboard a Philippine patrol vessel in the disputed South China Sea was not enough for him to invoke a mutual defense treaty with the United States, but warned that such aggression should stop.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. told a news conference he also reminded China's ambassador to Manila that escalating aggression and incursions into Philippine waters by Beijing's coast guard, navy and government-backed civilian fishing fleets violate an agreement he struck with Chinese President Xi Jinping last month.

Marcos spoke to reporters in the northern resort city of Baguio where he delivered a speech before cadets and former graduates of the Philippine Military Academy and repeated a vow to defend the country's territory amid a new territorial spat with China. Like his predecessor, Rodrigo Duterte, Marcos has taken steps to nurture friendly ties with Beijing. He met Xi in the Chinese capital early last month to boost relations and discuss the Asian neighbors' long-seething territorial disputes in the strategic waterway that also involve Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei.

In the latest flare-up, the Philippines says a Chinese coast guard ship beaming a high-grade laser to block the Philippine vessel from approaching Second Thomas Shoal, which is held by Philippine forces. The Marcos administration sent a strongly worded diplomatic protest to the Chinese Embassy in Manila and Marcos summoned Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian on Tuesday to express his concern.


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Imagine if the US went around doing crap like this to everyone else. China is such a hole.

relax ChingChong just trying to release a bat flu

Brought to you from the people that gave the world Covid 19! You know,, from a bat🤣


Chinese military is made up of 14 year old boys lol

lol Spy Balloons. Lasers China is cool, eh? it's like an episode of Get Smart

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