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Philippines seeks more US navy ships amid China threat

Published on Jan 15, 2014 11:59 AM

MANILA (AFP) - The Philippines wants to acquire two more navy ships from the United States to boost its maritime protection amid threats from China, the country's military chief said on Wednesday.

The new acquisitions would come under the fresh US military assistance announced by US Secretary of State John Kerry when he visited the Philippines last month, armed forces chief of staff General Emmanuel Bautista said.

"Within the last year, we realised that there is a real threat out there in terms of securing, defending our territory," General Bautista told ANC television.

He said that ideally the country needed about six more frigates to guard its long coastline effectively.

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