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Philippines drops food to troops after China 'blockade'

Published on Mar 13, 2014 2:49 PM

MANILA (AFP) - The Philippine military said on Thursday it had evaded a Chinese sea blockade by using an airplane to drop food to soldiers on a tiny and remote South China Sea shoal claimed by both countries.

The incident was the latest to escalate tensions between the Asian nations over their conflicting claims to parts of the South China Sea, a major sea lane and rich fishing ground that is believed to hold vast mineral resources.

"We confirmed there was an airdrop of food to our troops," Defence Department spokesman Peter Paul Galvez said.

He said the airdrop was "via airplane", but did not say when it occurred nor give further details.

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