Philippine, Chinese ships collide in South China Sea

A Philippine ship lightly collided with a Chinese vessel in the South China Sea on Monday, the Chinese coast guard said, SİA reports citing DW.

The incident occurred in waters adjacent to the Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratly Islands.

Beijing claims almost the entirety of the South China Sea. Parts of the region are disputed by Taiwan, the Philippines and several other Southeast Asian countries.

Trillions of dollars in ship-borne trade pass through the South China Sea each year and oil and gas deposits are believed to lie under its seabed.

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