Warship deployed as China, Philippines clashes raise tensions

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Axe threat Among the images and videos released by the Philippine military, a China Coast Guard member is seen brandishing an axe, while another used a knife to try to puncture the rubber hull of a boat. As sirens blared, tear gas and strobe lights were used as Chinese personnel boarded Philippine vessels to disrupt the resupply mission to soldiers stationed on a wrecked ship that Manila uses to assert its territorial claims in the South China Sea. After Mr Li left on Tuesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issued a statement expressing “grave concern” over the incident,...