April 16, 2012

Philippine Navy Can't Stand Up to China

David Axe, Flashpoints

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The just ended standoff between China and the Philippines over a disputed shoal in the South China Sea is a painful reminder of Manila’s maritime weakness.

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TAGGED: China, South China Sea, Philippines


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