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The US State Department issued a written statement after Chinese ships rammed two Philippine vessels in disputed waters.

The statement said that the United States stands with the Philippines in the face of China's "dangerous and unlawful actions" that hinder the Philippines' resupply mission, and that the Second Thomas Shoal, where the incident took place, "is located within the Philippines' exclusive economic zone and continental shelf."

Noting that the Chinese Coast Guard "violated international law by deliberately interfering" with the Philippines' ships' exercise of freedom of navigation on the high seas, the statement said that with this attitude, China "endangered the safety of the Filipino crew and prevented the necessary materials from reaching the BRP Sierra Madre ship."

CHINESE AMBASSADOR SUMMONED TO THE PHILIPPINE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Philippine Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Teresita Daza stated in a press conference that the Chinese Ambassador to Manila was summoned to the Ministry following the "illegal, dangerous and provocative" action of the Chinese Coast Guard.

Daza noted that since the Chinese Ambassador was out of the city, she met with the Charge d'Affaires and conveyed the Philippines' position on the issue.

PHILIPPINES ANNOUNCED THAT TWO OF ITS SHIPS IN DISPUTED WATERS WERE RAMMED BY CHINESE VESSELS

The Philippines reported that a Chinese Coast Guard ship and a "militia ship" rammed a Philippine Coast Guard ship and a military supply ship in disputed waters in the South China Sea.

In a statement in which the collisions were "strongly" condemned, it was stated that the "dangerous, irresponsible and illegal" action of China's Coast Guard ship "jeopardized the safety of the crew".