Main incidents in China-Philippines dispute infographic
Graphic shows main incidents in China-Philippines dispute in the South China Sea.


Tensions rise in Philippines-China dispute

By Jordi Bou

March 6, 2024 - The collisions between Philippines and China coast guard vessels this week mark the most serious confrontation between the two countries over the disputed South China Sea in recent times.

The Philippines said, on March 5, that China Coast Guard vessels caused two collisions with Philippine vessels and water cannoned a boat, leaving four crew injured during a resupply mission in the South China Sea.

The incidents happened in waters around Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratly Islands where the countries have contesting maritime claims.

Tensions in the South China Sea have risen over the past year with Manila accusing Beijing of taking dangerous actions against its boats and lodging multiple diplomatic protests.

China claims almost the entire South China Sea, a conduit for more than $3 trillion in annual ship commerce. Its territorial claims overlap with those of the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.

PUBLISHED: 06/03/2024; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Philippines Coast Guard