Philippines to Send More Navy Ships to South China Sea to Boost Patrols, Report Says


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News Snapshot: MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Philippines will deploy additional naval ships to the disputed South China Sea, referred to as the West Philippine Sea by Manila, to step up maritime sovereignty patrols amid a fresh standoff with China, the official news agency PNA reported on Thursday. Over the past weekend, the Philippine Coast Guard said about 200 vessels believed to be part of the Chinese maritime militia were seen attached in a line formation in the Whitsun Reef in the South China Sea. The Philippines logded a diplomatic protest over the issue and demanded these vessels leave the area....