Philippine president: China laser not enough to activate U.S. defence pact


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Jim Gomez, The Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) - The Philippine president said Saturday the Chinese coast guard's use of military-grade laser that briefly blinded some of the crew aboard a Philippine patrol vessel in the disputed South China Sea was not enough for him to invoke a mutual defense treaty with the United States, but warned that such aggression should stop. President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. told a news conference he also reminded China's ambassador to Manila that escalating aggression and incursions into Philippine waters by Beijing's coast guard, navy and government-backed civilian fishing fleets violate an agreement he struck...