Philippine authorities have alleged that the Chinese Coast Guard allegedly chased a Philippine Navy vessel with four boats near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.

Philippine Coast Guard spokesman Armand Balilo confirmed the pursuit by two warships during the day on Saturday, even entering the Philippine Exclusive Economic Zone, where the vessel was located, reports ABS CBN.

The Philippine Armed Forces warship was on a “patrol and search mission”, according to ABS CBN.

Tensions between Manila and Beijing have increased recently as China increases its presence in the South China Sea, with more ships appearing off the west coast of the Philippines, periodically following Philippine fishing vessels.


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