China on Ayungin Shoal incident: PH boats 'trespassed' into Chinese waters

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 18) — China accused two Philippine supply boats of trespassing into its waters without its consent in response to the Ayungin Shoal incident.

"On the evening of November 16, two Philippine supply boats trespassed into waters near Ren'ai Jiao of China's Nansha Qundao without China's consent. Chinese coast guard vessels performed official duties in accordance with law and upheld China's territorial sovereignty and maritime order," China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said in a briefing on Thursday.

Zhao also said both sides are already "in communication on this."

Philippine officials earlier said three Chinese Coast Guard vessels blocked and fired water cannon on two Philippine boats transporting supplies to military personnel in Ayungin Shoal.

READ: Chinese vessels blocked, fired water cannon on PH boats in Ayungin Shoal 

No one was hurt in the incident, which the Philippines condemned and protested. Manila stressed Ayungin Shoal is part of the Kalayaan Island Group, which it considers part of Palawan province.