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JAPAN’S PATROL SHIP GIFTS
Chinese state-run media reacted harshly to Japan’s recent move to sell coastal patrol ships to the Philippines, calling the arms transfer an insidious clown act by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III in what reports said is a futile effort to “contain” China.
Mr. Abe announced Saturday in Singapore that Tokyo would help build up Manila’s capability for coastal surveillance and defense by providing 10 patrol vessels to the Philippine coast guard. The transaction was made in the form of a Japanese loan for buying the 10 vessels.
In announcing the deal, Mr. Abe and Mr. Aquino vowed to resist China’s aggressive demands on maritime territories. Manila has submitted an appeal to a U.N. court against China’s claim, and Mr. Abe expressed support for Manila’s move.
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