Philippines says US spy planes monitoring China at sea
MANILA (AFP) - The Philippines said on Wednesday that US spy planes were providing crucial intelligence on Chinese military activities in disputed areas of the South China Sea.
US Navy P-3 Orion surveillance aircraft frequently fly over areas that the Philippines says are within its legal territory but where China has deployed military vessels, said Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario.
"I think it's of significant importance for us," he told reporters, when asked about the value of the information gathered by the spy planes.
"We do have an interest in terms of what is going on with our exclusive economic zone, within our continental shelf, and we want to know if there are any intrusions."