China objects to SoKor donating warships to PH

MANILA, Philippines – China expressed its strong opposition to South Korea’s decision to donate a corvette warship to the Philippine Navy, a report from Seoul’s The Chosun Ilbo said.

Last May 30, Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwang-jin informed his Philippine counterpart, Voltaire Gazmin, of the donation during the latter’s visit to Seoul.

The “Pohang-class corvette” is scheduled for decommissioning by Korea’s navy by the end of the year and will be sent to Manila along with a landing vessel and 16 rubber boats.

The gift, which is expected to boost the poorly-equipped Philippine Navy, came amid rising tension over maritime disputes in the West Philippine Sea/ South China Sea. It was not clear, however, whether the 1,200-ton patrol boat will come along with its weapons system. (Click here to read more0

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