Filipino soldiers fight off ‘armed’ Chinese coastguard with ‘bare hands’ in disputed South China Sea


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Filipino soldiers used their "bare hands" to fight off armed Chinese coastguard in the disputed South China Sea, a Philippine military chief has said. General Romeo Brawner Jr, head of the Philippine armed forces, accused Chinese personnel of boarding more than eight motorboats and repeatedly ramming, then boarding, two inflatable vessels on Monday. Comparing the act to piracy, he said the Chinese had bladed weapons and tried to prevent the transfer of food, firearms and other supplies to a Philippine territorial outpost in the disputed area of the Second Thomas Shoal. Hostilities between the two countries have escalated in and...