19 Oct '11, 1pm

Manila apologises 2 #China after Philippines patrol boat rams Chinese trawler in So. China Sea incident. #Navy #Pacific

Manila apologises 2 #China after Philippines patrol boat rams Chinese trawler in So. China Sea incident. #Navy #Pacific

Reuters Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011 MANILA - The Philippine Navy has apologised to China after one of its warships accidentally rammed a small Chinese fishing boat in disputed waters in the South China Sea, a defence department spokesman said on Wednesday. An apology was sent to China's embassy in Manila to avoid creating tension in the area, Zosimo Paredes told reporters, saying there were no damage or casualties in the incident. But the Chinese vessel, he said, had been poaching in Philippine waters. "The minor incident was unfortunate, that was a result of unforeseen circumstances," Paredes said. Paredes said a navy patrol boat, BRP Rizal, was on patrol in the Reed Bank on Tuesday when it spotted a Chinese fishing vessel towing 35 smaller, unoccupied boats. The navy boat had steering problems when it went to challenge the main fishing boat, Paredes said, and became entangle...

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