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Philippines Denies Chinese Air and Sea Deployments Pushed It From Disputed Shoal

File image of the Philippine warship BRP Conrado Yap that was blocked by PLA naval and air forces from entering waters near the disputed Scarborough Shoal on October 30, 2023. Image via the Philippine Armed Forces.

The Philippines and China are trading conflicting accusations following yet another encounter in the South China Sea.

On Monday, a Philippine Navy ship sailed near the disputed Scarborough Shoal, prompting China to dispatch air and naval forces of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

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