China claims ship 'besieged by 7 or 8 Filipino boats'


Paterno Esmaquel




 June 14, 2019


MANILA, Philippines – While admitting one of their own was involved, China denied a Chinese ship sank a Filipino boat in a "hit-and-run" incident in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). In a statement Friday evening, June 14, the Chinese embassy claimed the Chinese vessel was in fact "besieged by 7 or 8 Filipino fishing boats," preventing it from rescuing the Filipino fishermen from their sunken boat. China said the Chinese fishing boat Yuemaobinyu 42212 "engaged in a light purse seine operation" and "was berthed" in the vicinity of Recto Bank (Reed Bank) in the West Philippine Sea "at 2400 hours on June 9, 2019."