The standoff in the South China Sea between the naval forces of the Philippines and China is in danger of escalating, as the U.S. continues to watch anxiously.
China has now sent a third ship to support its claim to the area known as Scarborough Shoal off the northwestern Philippines.
Philippine warships attempting to arrest the crews of a Chinese fishing fleet that had entered the territory sparked the latest dispute between the two Asian countries.
They were stopped from doing so by the arrival of two Chinese surveillance ships, which then ordered the Philippine warships to leave the area.
They refused arguing that its Philippine territory and have since sent a second warship to the area.
"We're not retreating from our own territory," Alexander Pama, Chief Vice Admiral of the Philippine navy said.
China also claims the rich fishing ground as its own despite it being within 200 nautical miles of the Philippines.