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China objects to Korea's warship donation to Philippines

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — China aired its protest last week against South Korea's plan to donate 1,200-ton patrol boat and landing vessel to the Philippines, a major South Korean newspaper said.

The Chosun Ilbo reported a meeting between Korean Foreign Minister Kim Kwan-jin and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin where the two officials discussed a prior request from the Chinese Embassy in Seoul to cancel the donation.

China's intervention comes amid a maritime spat with the Philippines over South China Sea areas and ahead of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit with China in Nay Pyi Taw, Burma where leaders were expected to highlight the sea row.

Earlier reports cited Korea's vow to retire a Pohang-class guided missile corvette and give it to the Philippines as a "small token" for Filipinos' sacrifice in the Korean war.

Also read: Meet South Korea's guided missile warship for Philippines | Seoul to donate corvette warship to Philippine Navy

The Philippines has increased its defense budget to allow new acquisitions in an effort to modernize its military and attain a minimum credible defense posture under the Aquino administration. - Camille Diola

ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS

CAMILLE DIOLA

CHINESE EMBASSY

CHOSUN ILBO

DEFENSE SECRETARY VOLTAIRE GAZMIN

KOREAN FOREIGN MINISTER KIM KWAN

MEET SOUTH KOREA

NAY PYI TAW

PHILIPPINE NAVY

SOUTH CHINA SEA

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