An aerial view of the Philippine Sierra Madre vessel that has been grounded at the Second Thomas Shoal since 1999 to assert its sovereignty. Photo: AFP
An aerial view of the Philippine Sierra Madre vessel that has been grounded at the Second Thomas Shoal since 1999 to assert its sovereignty. Photo: AFP

Philippines says China is ‘the trespasser’ as it refuses to move ship from disputed South China Sea shoal

  • Philippines Beijing’s demands to move Sierra Madre from Second Thomas Shoal after incident in which Chinese coastguard fired water cannons on resupply ships
  • Meanwhile, foreign secretary Teodoro Locsin Jnr praises Manila’s relationship with Japan and others question President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘appeasement’ of China

An aerial view of the Philippine Sierra Madre vessel that has been grounded at the Second Thomas Shoal since 1999 to assert its sovereignty. Photo: AFP
An aerial view of the Philippine Sierra Madre vessel that has been grounded at the Second Thomas Shoal since 1999 to assert its sovereignty. Photo: AFP
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