The Philippines summoned the Chinese Ambassador over two incidents in the South China Sea, filing a fresh diplomatic protest against China. One incident involved a collision between a Philippine contracted boat and a Chinese Coast Guard Vessel near the Second Thomas Shoal. The other incident involved a collision between a Philippine Coast Guard vessel and a Chinese Maritime Militia vessel near Ayungin Shoal. Both sides have released video clips to support their claims. The United States expressed support for the Philippines, stating that Article IV of the U.S.-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty extends to armed attacks on Philippine armed forces in the South China Sea.
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