Beijing denies ‘hit-and-run’ in South China Sea collision

<p>BEIJING today confirmed that a Chinese vessel hit a Philippine fishing boat in a collision which has increased tensions in the disputed South China Sea, but denied claims it was a “hit and run”.</p> <p>The Chinese trawler sailed away after the incident Sunday near Reed Bank that sank the fishing boat, sparking outrage from Philippine authorities and media.</p>

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