PHIL. WEST SEA-CHINA: CAVITE – Philippines to patrol disputed shoal despite China protest

Filipino sailors wave flags next to a Beechcraft TC90 aircraft from the Japan Ministry of Defence during a transfer ceremony at a military airfield in Sangley Point, Cavite City, south of Manila, Philippines, on Monday. (EPA photo)



CAVITE, Philippines: The Philippine defence chief says the military will continue its aerial patrols of a Chinese-held shoal near the South China Sea despite protests from Beijing over the flights, especially using Japanese-donated aircraft.

When asked if the Philippine military will stop the surveillance of Scarborough Shoal following the protests from Beijing, Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Monday the flights will continue because the area is within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone, giving the country internationally recognised sovereign rights.

A Philippine official said China raised concerns over the patrols, including one that used a Japanese-donated TC-90 plane, when Chinese and Philippine officials met to discuss their territorial disputes in Manila last month.

Japan turned over the last three of five TC-90 aircraft to the Philippines on Monday. / Bangkok Post / 26 Mar 2018 at 17:02 / WRITER: ASSOCIATED PRESS /  All photographs, news, editorials, opinions, information, data, others have been taken from the Internet | / For comments, Email to : Aseanews.Net | | Contributor:

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