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Japan Will Sell Ships To Philippines To Fight China's "Bullying"


Just two days after the President of the Philippines announced a $1.8 billion naval expansion, mostly to combat Chinese “bullying”, Japan pledged its help. “Japan will provide patrol boats to the Philippines to help the country bolster its capabilities in the face of China’s growing presence in regional waters,” reports the Asahi Shimbun. “In a meeting in Tokyo on May 22, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his counterpart Albert del Rosario agreed to work together to improve the capabilities of the Philippine Coast Guard.”

Beijing has repeatedly sent coast guard ships and fishing vessels to harass their Filipino counterparts, and even dispatched a naval fleet to circumnavigate the South China Sea in March in a clear message to the neighbors like the Philippines: “This is our territory.” Now the Philippines is strengthening its navy and allying closely with Japan, another of China’s rivals in territorial disputes. It looks like it won’t stand for that anymore.

Game on.

[Image of Philippine Navy ship courtesy Getty]

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