Wooden boats from Philippines set to complete 1,000km journey through contested waters

A Filipino crew sails off aboard the wooden boat "Sultan Sin Sulu" from Manila Bay, Philippines, on April 28, 2018.
A Filipino crew sails off aboard the wooden boat "Sultan Sin Sulu" from Manila Bay, Philippines, on April 28, 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

MANILA - Three wooden boats from the Philippines, crafted from a centuries-old design, were due to arrive in the southern Chinese port city of Xiamen on Wednesday (May 2), completing a journey that retraces a historic trip by a Filipino sultan.

The boats set off from Manila on April 28, and followed a route that took them through the disputed South China Sea.

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