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    Boat Ramming Incident Reported in South China Sea

    Chinese surveillance ship sails between a Philippine warship and eight Chinese fishing boats to prevent the arrest of any fishermen in the Scarborough Shoal, April 10, 2012.
    Chinese surveillance ship sails between a Philippine warship and eight Chinese fishing boats to prevent the arrest of any fishermen in the Scarborough Shoal, April 10, 2012.
    Simone Orendain
    MANILA -The Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary said Monday there are no Philippine or Chinese vessels inside Scarborough Shoal, which has been the site of a months-long standoff between the two countries that each claim the area. However authorities are still closely monitoring the region and investigating a still unexplained deadly ramming of a Philippine fishing boat.
     
    Deadly collision

    Authorities are now looking into last week's rare collision in an area north of the Scarborough Shoal where eight fishermen were thrown overboard after their boat was rammed and sunk.
     
    Civil Defense Office Secretary Benito Ramos said one person among the four rescued has since died. Four others are still missing.  “We continue to investigate.  That’s why we decline to comment about the identity of the boat because it has some diplomatic repercussions,” he said.
     
    A coast guard spokesman told a local news channel Monday that his office believes it was a Hong Kong boat that hit the fishing vessel, but that it was an accident and the boat did not deliberately hit it before fleeing the scene.  He said his office is in contact with Hong Kong’s Maritime Rescue Coordinating Center to try to confirm the incident.
     
    Philippine President Benigno Aquino said as of Monday that the country is not blaming China for the incident.
     
    In Manila, the spokesman for the Chinese embassy says his office is also looking into the reported collision. Spokesman Zhang Hua said the reports still have to be verified.

    “The Chinese embassy immediately checked with the relevant authorities in China and was told that, up until now there have been no reports of vessel collision accident or SOS requests on the reported dates and in the reported waters,” he stated.
     
    The ramming incident follows the months-long standoff between Manila and Beijing at the shoal.
     
    Philippines China dispute

    The Philippines claims in April, Chinese fishing boats poached endangered species in its waters, but China says it was well within its own territory. The incident saw Chinese civilian boats facing off with the Philippines' largest warship and coast guard vessels.
     
    China has laid claim to practically the entire South China Sea based on a centuries old map. The Philippines says the shoal, just west of Zambales province, is part of its exclusive economic zone. The zone is designated by international law as 370 kilometers beyond a country’s coastline.
     
    President Aquino ordered the Philippine ships to leave last week due to bad weather. Chinese ships also left the area for the same reason.
     
    Apart from the Philippines and China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei also claim all or part of the resource-rich South China Sea.

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    by: Jonathan Huang from: Canada
    June 26, 2012 9:27 PM
    Latest news! Finos admit that the ship was sunk by itself in the storm, and a Hong Kong ship passed by and just left them drown there.
    Poor country cant even find out the reason of the accident in time and try to blame it on China. should be shamed of yourself.
    Chinese dont even need to fire one canon and you thugs go sinking with yourself.

    by: Nguyễn from: US
    June 25, 2012 3:59 PM
    Chinese pirates disguided in fishermen have rammed other boats from Japan,Korea,Vietnam,and also US impaccable ship. This is their barbarous tatic at sea they always use.
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    by: ANdy from: Canada
    June 26, 2012 3:31 PM
    Scarborough shoal is Chinese territory and Chinese fishermen have been fishing in those area for many centuries, Chinese people are generous, but it doesn't mean that every other country can take over it's land like in the WWII. The time you can invade CHina is gone, don't ever think invade China anymore.
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    by: Anonymous
    June 26, 2012 9:33 AM
    The whole world can't help Philippines until Finos make a strong move against Chinese expansionist policy.

    by: Jonathan Huang from: Canada
    June 25, 2012 2:31 PM
    have to point out, Chinese ship only left from the inner water of Huangyan shoal, they are still around the shoal, because it is China's territory. Filipinos, your vessels cant even fight against the weather, how can you fight against mighty Chinese navy? Oh no, it is your biggest warship fighting against Chinese surveillance ship.
    D Chura, go tell people dont buy Iphone ok? Cuz they are made in China too. question is anything is not made in China?
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    by: RollingStone from: Canada
    June 28, 2012 11:06 PM
    Well Jonathan, Filipino is still claiming the shoal or I say it is actually a Philippine territory and the nasty Chinese is the one claiming it, ILLEGALLY, just like they did in Tebit. What can you do about it?
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    by: RollingStone from: Canada
    June 26, 2012 12:09 AM
    Scarborough shoal is a territory of the Philippines and we are not looking for a fight with Chinese. We are not that crazy. The chinese should stop being greedy. Stop claiming the territory owned by other country. The record of Scarborough from the old Mongolian dynasty based on China, would not make the shoal Chinese. And don't brag about your navy. It is disgusting.
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    by: Jonathan Huang from: Canada
    June 25, 2012 9:46 PM
    You Philippinos are no match against our mighty navy, the mightiest in the world. You Philippinos better give up your claim on Scarborough Shoal or else you're situation will be similar to Tibet.

    by: D Chura from: Canada
    June 25, 2012 1:43 PM
    When will you the public stop being fools? When will you stop buy and dealing with a dictatorship that does not care about anything else other then it's ego of being the one that expects you to bow to their every need? Have you no brains? That's the truest statement alive!
    Let China fend and buy for it's self without the rest of the world. Every one in the world should do exactly that. Close off all talks and communication with a lying country. It's probably to late now, and you fools will pay the price!
    Your all fools and idiots to expect a change from China, Let their troubles come from within!
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    by: Bob Lee from: china
    June 26, 2012 1:30 PM
    china isnt a dictatorship.we are very friendly to Tibet and urgher people .my roommate are one of them ,we are friends .
    In Response

    by: Anonymous
    June 25, 2012 5:51 PM
    Ha ha, China is not a dictatorship! You brainwash fool!
    Ask any Tibetan, Uighur or even Chinese living in Hong Kong.
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    by: Mike from: Canada
    June 25, 2012 3:47 PM
    How can you be so ignorant, closing china off? china is the only reason the world is not in a full blown recession right now, go educate yourself before commenting here.
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    by: V Chura from: Canada
    June 25, 2012 2:46 PM
    China is not a dictatorship, it is led by the party and also the people. Even though they do not have enough evidence that the boat is even rammed. You obviously have no education.
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    by: Chris Robert
    June 25, 2012 2:35 PM
    Ofcourse it was a accident.

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