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Philippines accuses Chinese boats of 'dangerous' actions in high seas medivac

MANILA: As two Philippine vessels meet on the high seas to transfer a sick Filipino soldier, China Coast Guard boats shadow, block and bump them, according to video released by the Philippine Coast Guard on Friday.
The incident happened last month during the medical evacuation of a soldier who was stationed on a grounded Philippine Navy vessel on Second Thomas Shoal in the disputed South China Sea.
The Philippine Coast Guard said they had deployed a boat on May 19 to retrieve the soldier from a Philippine Navy speedboat, and had informed the China Coast Guard of the "humanitarian nature" of their mission.
In a series of videos released by the Philippine Coast Guard, a Chinese-flagged inflatable speedboat is seen bumping into the two stationary Philippine vessels as they prepare to transfer the patient.
Other boats -- identified by the Philippines as belonging to the China Coast Guard -- are also seen shadowing and blocking the path of the Philippine Coast Guard boat.
The Chinese boats "engaged in dangerous maneuvers" and "intentionally rammed" the Philippine Navy vessel, Philippine Coast Guard spokesman for the West Philippine Sea Jay Tarriela said in a statement.
"The barbaric and inhumane behavior displayed by the China Coast Guard has no place in our society," Tarriela said.

"What should have been a simple medical evacuation operation was subjected to harassment," he said.
"Their actions clearly demonstrated their intention to prevent the sick personnel from receiving the proper medical attention he urgently needed."
China's embassy in Manila did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Beijing claims almost the entire waterway and there has been a series of confrontations involving Chinese and Philippine vessels near contested reefs, often around Second Thomas Shoal.
Second Thomas Shoal is about 200 kilometres (120 miles) from the western Philippine island of Palawan, and more than 1,000 kilometres from China's nearest major landmass, Hainan island.
The Filipino soldier was eventually loaded onto the Philippine Coast Guard boat and taken to Palawan where he received treatment at a hospital.
The Philippines did not provide details of the soldier's medical