Japan will provide two new SHIPS in the Philippines

Japan will provide two new SHIPS in the Philippines
Japan on Friday announced to provide the Philippines 2 new vessels to boost Manila's capacity to patrol its waters against Chinese in separate maritime disputes.

Japan, the Philippine's top source of aid, claimed it was likewise discussing with Manila the lease of surveillance aircraft in order to help its under-equipped coast guard.

The new vessels and also planes are on top of 10 coast guard ships that Tokyo vowed to the former President Benigno Aquino III.

However, Japan and also China are locked in a long-running dispute over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, while Manila and Beijing have overlapping cases in the South China Sea.

" We are speaking concerning big-sized, 90-meter (295-foot) long vessels. We are additionally talking about the possibility of leasing aircraft designed for training. They are security airplane," Masato Ohtaka, deputy press secretary for Japan's international ministry, told press reporters in Manila.

A UN-backed tribunal last month declined Beijing's claims to most of the South China Sea which get to near the shores of the Philippines as well as other Southeast Asian countries.

Ohtaka claimed the new ships were among subjects reviewed by Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and also President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday in the southerly Philippine city of Davao.

Duterte said Thursday night he told Kishida regarding his "soft landing" method to taking care of China complying with the tribunal's decision.

“(I don’t want) to start hostilities at this time of our lives and he said Japan would do the same. They just want dialogue. They do not want further incursions,” Duterte said.
Philippine foreign Secretay Perfecto Yasay said Thursday Manila and Tokyo shared the same experience of managing Beijing's "intimidation" mixed-up.

He as well as Kishida prompted Beijing to observe the policy of law after China pledged to neglect the judgment.

Beijing has actually performed huge recovery in the South China Sea, with a US-based think storage tank releasing photos this week showing exactly what seems China creating armed forces aircraft hangars on contested reefs.

Ohtaka said Duterte and also Kishida also went over Japan's $2.4 billion financing for a brand-new railway in Manila to ease unending gridlock.

The 38-kilometer (24-mile) raised traveler line would certainly connect Manila to nearby Bulacan province to decongest the capital as well as aid spur economic activity.

" This is among the biggest projects Japan has ever embarked using the yen loans," said Ohtaka.

"Japan also open to building a railway system in the southern region of Mindanao, a project Duterte previously said China had offered to fund," Ohtaka added.

Source: GMA Network

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