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Philippine & US warships in exercise off China coast

MANILA--Philippine and U.S. warships are set to kick off joint drills near disputed South China Sea waters next week, a Filipino military spokesman said Friday, amid escalating territorial rows between Beijing and its neighbors.

The drills will be held off the west coast of the Philippines' main island of Luzon, said Lieutenant Rommel Rodriguez, spokesman for Filipino side of the operations.

China claims most of the South China Sea — including waters approaching its neighbors' coastlines — and has been increasingly assertive in staking these claims.

But Rodriguez said the CARAT (Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training) joint exercises, involving nearly 1,000 troops from both countries, were a regular annual event and he dismissed any connection to rising tensions in the region.

1 Comment
June 21, 2014    Joseph_Sadowski@
It is time for China to get what it deserves, Please provoke the United States Navy Now so we can get this started and ended even faster, I believe it is that time, China should not have its Aircraft Carrier to much Longer,
Good Luck to China as its exports to the US has decreased 18.7% since this has started and American citizens in Poles have Vowed to bring that even further to 35% by Christmas time, So China You keep up your bulling as It is hurting you not much in Asian countries but it is in the ones that count, you really believe it is worth a little Gas or Oil for a few years?
God Bless The US and the Philippines People!
The Enforcer
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