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China-Philippines at-Sea Collisions Prompt Mutual Recriminations and Questions Why This Happened Now

Aerial surveillance video of one of two at-sea collisions that took place on Sunday between Philippines and Chinese maritime forces. Video via the Armed Services of the Philippines.

The Philippines and China are trading accusations of “provocative” actions after their vessels in the South China Sea collided twice on Sunday — raising already white-hot tensions after multiple aggressive encounters in the region recently.

The run-ins occurred near the disputed Second Thomas Shoal, part of the Spratly Islands, as the Philippines attempted to resupply troops stationed on a grounded World War II warship used as an outpost.

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