The U.S. and Philippine military conduct joint sea and air patrols with 2 FA-50PH fighter attack aircraft. The picture shows Philippine President Marcos Jr. boarding the FA-50PH cockpit in March this year. (AP file photo)
[Compiler Guan Shuping/Comprehensive Report]The Philippines and the United States launched joint sea and air patrols in the northern waters of the Philippines adjacent to Taiwan on the 21st. Philippine President Marcos Jr. said that this witnessed the two countries’ efforts to strengthen their military forces. “Important preliminary actions” for collaborative operations.
Eugene Cabusao, spokesman for the Northern Luzon Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said on the 21st that the joint U.S.-Philippine sea and air patrol launched this week lasted for three days, starting from Yami Island in the Batanes Islands in the northernmost part of the Philippines. (Mavulis)” and ended on the 23rd in the West Philippine Sea; Yami Island is only about 100 kilometers away from Taiwan. The West Philippine Sea is the South China Sea within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.
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The Philippine military dispatched three warships, two FA-50PH fighter attack aircraft and an A-29B Super Tucano light fighter, while the United States dispatched a Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), A P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine patrol aircraft participated.
Marcos Jr. issued a statement through social media, saying that this joint sea and air patrol was “a collaboration between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command in the West Philippine Sea.” “This major preliminary operation demonstrates our commitment to “I am confident that this cooperation will help provide a more secure and stable environment for our people.”
Since the beginning of this year, security exchanges between the two treaty partners, the Philippines and the United States, have been increasing day by day, including the Philippines doubling the number of bases open to the US military and holding the largest-ever joint military exercise in April. This week’s joint patrol comes as China has repeatedly obstructed the Philippines from carrying out replenishment operations on the Renai Shoal (BRP Sierra Madre) warship located in its exclusive economic zone.
Marcos Jr. attended a symposium at the Asia-Pacific Security Research Center in Hawaii on the 20th and warned that China will continue to expand its presence in the South China Sea and demonstrate its intentions on islands and reefs “getting closer and closer” to the coast of the Philippines. The closest ones to the Philippines are only about 110 kilometers, the current situation in the South China Sea is “more severe than in the past.” Last week, he attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit and met with Chinese President Xi Jinping outside the meeting, urging China to “let the situation return to the situation where both Philippine and Chinese fishermen are operating (in the South China Sea).”
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