China’s coast guard has fired water at a Philippine boat in the disputed territory of the South China Sea.

Earlier, the Philippines accused China of “dangerous manoeuvres” after their coast guard vessels collided in the area on Tuesday.

The Philippine Coast Guard said it was near the Second Thomas Shoal – known in Chinese as the Ren’ai Jiao – when the incident occurred.

In a post on Twitter, a Philippines official said its vessel suffered “minor structural damage”.

He shared footage showing the vessels hitting then scraping against each other.

Chinese state media reported that the China Coast Guard “lawfully took measures against a Philippines vessel”.

from BBC News – watch the video here