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Chinese and Philippine Coast Guard Trade Barbs Over Encounter on Remote South China Sea Shoal

Screengrab of a video published by the Chinese Communist Party-run tabloid Global Times depicting a recent encounter between the Chinese Coast Guard and Filipino fishermen on a disputed coral outpost in the South China Sea. Image via Global Times.

Tensions between the Chinese and Philippines Coast Guard moved from the South China Sea to social media where the two sides on Wednesday battled it out over shaping the narrative about an encounter that occurred two weeks ago.

On January 12, four Philippine fishermen landed on a coral outcrop near Scarborough Shoal to collect seashells and fish for food. Soon after, they were confronted by five Chinese Coast Guard personnel who ordered the fishermen to dump their catch and leave immediately.

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