A Chinese vessel allegedly attacked a Philippine Coast Guard boat with a military laser. The incident occurred about 20 kilometers from a Philippine Navy base in the Spratly Islands, the Philippine Coast Guard said on Monday. The laser beam temporarily blinded some crew members of the BRP Malapascua. In addition, the Chinese ship is said to have carried out “dangerous maneuvers” in the vicinity of the Philippine boat. Only a few weeks ago, Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. proposed mechanisms for talks between the foreign ministries of both countries to resolve conflicts in disputed maritime areas.
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