According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer website on the 15th, the United States Coast Guard patrol ship and Philippine Marine Police vessel conducted a joint drill in the waters near Huangyan Island on the 14th, while the Chinese Marine Police vessel was under surveillance not far from the scene.
Screenshots of the Daily Inquirers Report
According to the report, the US Coast Guard patrol ship Bosov, one of the largest and most advanced vessels, and two Philippine maritime police vessels conducted drills near the Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea (Huangyan Island, China) on April 14.
Agence France-Presse official Twitter also released three live photos on the 15th, one of which showed that a Chinese maritime police boat appeared not far behind the Philippine maritime police boat. A kind of
The Philippine ABS-CBN website also reported on the exercise on the 15th. According to ABS-CBN, the main content of the days exercise is simulated rescue and communication exercises.
Personnel from both sides of the United States and the Philippines on the scene of the exercise. Figure from ABS-CBN website
According to the Daily Inquirer, this is the first such contact between the Philippines and the United States in the disputed waters, which may herald a more active involvement of the United States Coast Guard in the South China Sea.
In January, the U.S. Coast Guard patrol ship Bosov was deployed from the Alameda base in California to the Asia-Pacific region to strengthen the presence of the United States in the Asia-Pacific region.
On April 25, in response to reportersquestions about the strengthening of the deployment of the US Coast Guard in the Asia-Pacific region, Ren Guoqiang, spokesman for Chinas Ministry of Defense, stressed that the situation in the East China Sea and the South China Sea is generally stable. Facts have proved that countries in the region are willing, confident and capable of resolving differences, maintaining peace and promoting development. China resolutely opposes the constant renovation of foreign countries, the strengthening of military presence at the frontier and the promotion of regional militarization, which not only harms the security interests of coastal countries, but also is detrimental to regional peace and stability.