Japan offers coast guard ships to Philippines
Japan has no claim in the South China Sea but it is in dispute with China over small islands in the East China Sea.
Japan in talks to deliver two coast guard ships to Philippines
By Manuel Mogato
MANILA (Reuters) – Japan and the Philippines have begun talks for the transfer of two large coast guard ships to Manila, to help patrol the disputed South China Sea, a Japanese foreign ministry official said on Friday, as part of a deal on defense equipment.
The two brand-new 90-metre (295-ft) multi-role response vessels will be in addition to ten 44-metre (144-ft) mid-sized coast guard ships, worth 8.8 billion pesos ($188.52 million), that Japan is set to start delivering next week.
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