Germany, France criticize China’s water cannon attack on Phl military vessels

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File photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

China doesn’t seem to be interested to make friends as their hostility against Phillippines continues.

The incident which took place last August 5 in the West Philippine Sea caught international attention, the Chinese Coast Guards attack the Philippine military supply boats using water cannon even though these vessels are sailing in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.

The United States, Japan, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and European Union condemned the excessive and illegal act of the Chinese Coast Guards.

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In its post, German Embassy said that they are concerned by the dangerous maneuvers and use of water cannons by Chinese Coast Guard vessels against a lawful Filipino resupply mission within the Philippines’ own exclusive economic zone.

“We urge all parties to respect the rules-based international maritime order. United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas and Convention on the international regulations for preventing collisions at the sea with the 2016 arbitral award at its center.”

“In light of recent event Germany stresses that disputes must be resolved peacefully, not by force or coercion,” it said.

Meanwhile, the Embassy of France shared also their statements of condemnation against China and support for the Philippines.

“France expresses its deep concern about the dangerous maneuvers carried out by Chinese Coast Guard vessels in the South China Sea,” the statement said.

“It reiterates its support for international law and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and recalls the decision handed down by the Court of Arbitration in 2016 concerning the South China Sea.”

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