Manila asks Japan for large patrol ships

The Philippines is the Southeast Asian nation most at odds with China over the South China Sea.

Manila asks Japan for large ships to patrol South China Sea

MANILA (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may consider a request from the Philippines for large coastguard ships to patrol the disputed South China Sea, after the two allies reached a deal on defence equipment and technology.

China has overlapping claims with Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam in the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion (£3.3 trillion) in ship-borne trade passes every year.

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