U.S. Warns It Will Defend Philippines Following China Laser Report

Latest move threatens stability in the region

  • The United States says it will stand with and defend the Philippines following reports that Beijing’s Coast Guard utilized laser devices to temporarily blind the crew of a Philippine Coast Guard ship, according to the State Department.
  • State Department spokesperson Ned Price said China’s conduct was “provocative and unsafe” and also interfered with “lawful operations” conducted by the Philippines in the South China Sea.
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