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China Navy frigate has run aground while patrolling disputed waters in the South China Sea in the evening July 11, being on “routine patrol”. Jianghu-class frigate No. 560 grounded near Half Moon Shoal in the Spratly Islands. Reportedly ship stick fast, under unclear circumstances, in waters within 200 kilometers off the Philippine coast, which is the country's Exclusive Economic Zone. “We have to find out why that ship was there, why it ran aground, whether it was an accident or whatever,” Philippines Defence Secretary Voltaire Gazmin told reporters.
China says it has sovereign rights to all the South China Sea, believed to sit atop vast oil and gas deposits, including areas close to the coastlines of other countries and hundreds of miles from its own landmass. But Taiwan, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, and the Philippines also claim parts of the South China Sea.
Remark: So much for China’s Navy navigational skills.