The Diplomat: China and the Philippines Navy

18.04.12

Categorie: Asia, China, Coast Guard, David Axe, Naval |
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Gregorio del Pilar. Via Global Post.

Gregorio del Pilar. Via Global Post.

by DAVID AXE

The just ended standoff between China and the Philippines over a disputed shoal in the South China Sea is a painful reminder of Manila’s maritime weakness.

On April 10, sailors from the Philippine Navy warship Gregorio del Pilar attempted to arrest Chinese fishermen inside the Scarborough Shoal, which both Manila and Beijing claim. Two Chinese government vessels intervened and blocked the arrest. Shortly thereafter, Manila pulled the Gregorio del Pilar away from the shoal and sent in a smaller vessel instead as more Chinese ships and aircraft arrived.

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