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South Korea to donate warship to Philippines amid sea tensions

Published on Jun 6, 2014 7:35 PM
A South Korean corvette chasing away fishing boats sailing under Chinese flags after they came too close to the Northern Limit Line (NLL) just off the island of Yeonpyeong in the Yellow Sea April 8, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

MANILA (AFP) - South Korea will donate a corvette warship to the poorly-equipped Philippine Navy amid growing tensions - particularly with China - over maritime territorial disputes in the region, the government said on Thursday.

The "Pohang-class corvette" will be decommissioned by the end of the year and donated to the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila said in a statement issued this week.

It was unclear if the donation would include the ship's weapons systems.

South Korean Defence Minister Kim Kwang Jin informed his Filipino counterpart Voltaire Gazmin of the donation during his visit to Seoul on May 30, the statement added.

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