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  • Aug 28, 2014
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South Korea to donate warship to Philippines amid marine tensions with China

Seoul has confirmed it will donate a warship to the Philippines as tensions rise over conflicting claims to marine territory in the South China Sea

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 07 June, 2014, 4:33pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 07 June, 2014, 4:33pm

South Korea will donate a corvette warship to the poorly-equipped Philippine navy amid growing tensions – particularly with China – over maritime territorial disputes in the region, the government in Seoul said on Thursday.

The “Pohang-class corvette” will be decommissioned by the end of the year and donated to the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila said in a statement issued this week.

It was unclear if the donation would include the ship’s weapons systems.

South Korean Defence Minister Kim Kwang-jin informed his Filipino counterpart Voltaire Gazmin of the donation during his visit to Seoul on May 30, the statement added.

“South Korea’s gesture is a small token compared with the great contribution of Filipino troops during the Korean War.”
Kim Kwang-jin

The gift follows South Korea’s recent donation of a landing craft and 16 rubber boats to the Philippines, it added.

“South Korea’s gesture is a small token compared with the great contribution of Filipino troops during the Korean War,” the South Korean minister was quoted as saying.

Officials at the Manila’s foreign ministry and the South Korean embassy could not be contacted for comment.

The donation comes as the Philippines is facing increasing pressure from China over their conflicting claims to the South China Sea.

China claims most of South China Sea even up to the coasts of its neighbours and the Philippines has increasingly accused its larger neighbour of using bullying tactics to enforce its claim.

The Philippines, which has one of the most poorly-armed militaries in the region, has been upgrading its defence capabilities in recent years.

It has also been improving its defence relations with South Korea and in March, it signed an agreement to buy 12 South Korean-made FA-50 jets for about US$421.12 million.



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Slowly, but surely, the CCP's Inspector-Clouseau diplomacy is producing predictable results. Soon, the 'Circle China alliance' will be in place. Has the CCP considered proposing some type of resource sharing agreement with its neighbors, in place of its current gunboat diplomacy and drive for hegemony over all of Asia?
慢慢地,但當然,中國共產黨的探長外交生產可預知的結果。很快,'圈中國聯盟' 將在的地方。中國共產黨有否考慮建議一些類型的資源與它的鄰居,在其當前的炮艦外交和在所有的亞洲霸權的磁碟機位置共用協定嗎?


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