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Philippines Summons Chinese Ambassador Over Laser Incident at Sea

Image from the Philippines Coast Guard on February 13th that purportedly shows a Chinese Coast Guard targeting them with a military grade laser. AFP

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos summoned China’s ambassador to express his “serious concern” over Monday’s alleged use of a military grade laser by a Chinese Coast Guard vessel against nearby Philippines ships in the South China Sea.

In Washington, U.S. State Department Spokesperson Ned Price expressed Washington’s support for its ally in Manila over the issue. The Japanese and Australian embassies also expressed their concern about the alleged use of lasers to disrupt maritime operations in international waters.

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