Japan Supporting Philippines in China Row

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged support for Philippine maritime forces as both countries confront China in separate territorial disputes.

Following a meeting with Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Saturday, Abe announced Japan would provide a concessional loan to build 10 coast guard patrol boats for the Philippines.

Aquino says the two reviewed security challenges both countries are facing and promised to co-operate to push for what he calls responsible action from international players in a reference to China.

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