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China expresses alarm at Philippine-Japan aircraft deal

China expressed alarm on Thursday about an agreement in which the Philippines will lease five aircraft from Japan to help patrol the disputed South China Sea. Philippine President Benigno Aquino said the five TC-90 training aircraft would help the navy in patrolling what the Philippines views as its territory. The…



Japan to provide the Philippines with defence equipment

Japan and the Philippines signed an agreement that would soon allow Tokyo to supply Manila with war-fighting equipment. The deal is the first of its kind between Japan, Asia’s second-largest economy, and a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, NHK reported. The agreement is being reached at a…


China deploys missiles on Paracel Islands, Taiwan claims

China has deployed surface-to-air missiles on an island in the Paracel chain in the South China Sea, the Taiwan government has claimed. A statement released by the Taiwanese Defence Ministry says that it has first-hand intelligence that confirms the existence of missile batteries in the region, which is hotly disputed…