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South China Sea

Philippines slams Beijing for blocking ships in South China Sea

Chinese Coast Guard fired water cannons on transport vessels, Manila says

A Philippine flag flutters from the BRP Sierra Madre, a grounded Philippine Navy ship at the disputed Second Thomas Shoal in the South China Sea.   © Reuters

MANILA -- The Philippines on Thursday condemned Beijing over an incident two days earlier in which the Chinese Coast Guard fired water cannons to block Manila's vessels in the disputed South China Sea.

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