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U.S. 'ready' to aid Philippine resupplies in South China Sea: admiral

Paparo eyes cooperation with Japan and Australia amid unsafe Chinese maneuvers

A Chinese Coast Guard ship blocks Philippine Coast Guard ship BRP Malapascua as it maneuvers to enter the mouth of the Second Thomas Shoal locally known as Ayungin Shoal in the South China Sea.    © AP

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. is prepared to assist the Philippines as China interferes with Manila's efforts to resupply a grounded naval ship in the South China Sea, said Adm. Samuel Paparo, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, vowing to curb Beijing's maritime provocations.

China has "frequently interfered with those resupplies," and these acts are "clearly unlawful," Paparo told Nikkei in an online interview Friday, referring to the China Coast Guard's aggressive maneuvers around the BRP Sierra Madre in Ayungin Shoal, also known as Second Thomas Shoal.

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