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Quote from: Sir Slash on September 23, 2022, 03:00:46 PMThe President of Brazil has tried to curtail their influence in his country. It remains to be seen how effective he will be.
QuoteThe Armed Forces of the Philippines issued a terse response to the event."The deliberate blocking of the Philippine government ships to deliver food and supplies to our military personnel ... is a blatant disregard for, and a clear violation of, Philippine sovereign rights," a Coast Guard spokesperson said in an official statement.In response to the "increasing frequency and intensity of actions" of China against the PCG, Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. summoned Beijing's Ambassador Huang Xilian to discuss the incident on Feb. 14.Marcos expressed "serious concern" over the laser event, according to spokeswoman Cheloy Velicaria-Garafil.China's embassy in the Philippines said the officials talked about how to "properly manage maritime differences between China and the Philippines."Before the Feb. 14 meeting between the Philippine head of state and Xilian, China's foreign ministry said that the actions of its coast guard were in accordance with the law. Beijing has neither specifically confirmed nor denied using lasers against the PCG vessel.However, images captured during the event show a green and red light emanating from a Chinese ship with the number 5205 on its bow.This isn't the first time in recent years China has reportedly used lasers against sovereign nations in the Indo-Pacific region. In February 2022, Australian officials reported an "act of intimidation" after a Chinese naval ship shot a laser beam at a military surveillance aircraft.