|News - Asia|
The U.S. military will provide a land-based radar to the Philippines, as the country faces an escalating dispute with China over territorial rights off its shore.
The radar would form part of a “watch center” to help track ships off the island nation’s coast line, a Pentagon spokeswoman said.
Plans to provide a powerful radar to the Philippines came after Philippine President Benigno Aquino paid a visit last week to the White House, where he was offered a robust show of support.
Manila has asked for the radar system and other military assistance to bolster its position in a row with Beijing over the Scarborough Shoal, which lies near the main Philippine island of Luzon.
China claims the area along with virtually all of the South China Sea up to the shores of other Southeast Asian nations, including Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines.
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Last Updated (Thursday, 14 June 2012 18:24)