China Coast Guard Issues Statement Regarding Collusion At Second Thomas Shoal

The China Coast Guard (CCG) released a statement saying that a coast guard vessel collided with a Philippine resupply ship near Second Thomas Shoal on June 17th.

The statement said that the Philippine vessel “ignored many solemn warnings from the Chinese side.” The vessel approached the coast guard vessel “in an unprofessional way, resulting in a collusion.”

The CCG also took “control measures against the Philippine ship in accordance with the law.” Control measures usually indicate that the Chinese vessel used water cannons against the resupply ship.

Some Philippine news outlets report a slight collusion between the two vessels. However, the Philippine Coast Guard, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, or other government departments have not released a statement regarding the incident.