Benjamin Kang Lim: China aid for Philippines underscores new influence

From Reuters AlertNet:

China has pledged military assistance for the Philippines for the first time, underscoring its rising influence in a region traditionally dominated by the United States.

China had promised 10 million yuan ($1.2 million) worth of equipment, including engineering hardware, a source with knowledge of the deal said.

“We in the Philippines welcome China’s increasing role in regional and international affairs,” visiting Philippine Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo said in a speech on Wednesday to mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations.

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