South China Sea: Japan to provide ships, planes for Philippines amid sea dispute with China

China claims most of the South China Sea, through which more than $5 trillion of trade moves annually.

By: Reuters | Vientiane | Published:September 6, 2016 3:36 pm

 

South China sea, China, Japan, Philippines, South China sea dispute, China South China sea South China Sea dispute: In this undated photo released Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, by China’s Xinhua News Agency, a Chinese fighter jet flies during a patrol over the South China Sea. China’s air force announced Saturday that it has conducted a combat air patrol over disputed areas of the South China Sea. (Gao Yiping/Xinhua via AP)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday agreed to provide two large-sized patrol ships and lend up to five used surveillance aircraft to the Philippines, a Japanese government spokesman said, with both countries locked in territorial disputes with China. Abe and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte agreed in Vientiane to strengthen cooperation to ensure a peaceful resolution of the South China Sea dispute, Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda said.

China claims most of the South China Sea, through which more than $5 trillion of trade moves annually. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have rival claims.

An arbitration court in The Hague in July invalidated China’s claims to the waterway after a case was brought by the Philippines, a ruling that Beijing refuses to recognise.