03 Mar '11, 11am

The Philippines sends two warplanes to the Reed Bank, near the Spratly Islands, after a Philippine ship was...

MANILA - THE Philippine military deployed two warplanes near the disputed South China Sea region after a local ship searching for oil complained it was harassed by two Chinese patrol boats, which later left without confrontation, officials said on Thursday. The incident happened Wednesday at the Reed Bank, which is near the disputed Spratly Islands that are claimed by the Philippines, China and other nations, said Lieutenant General Juancho Sabban, who heads the military's Western Command. Philippine officials said the Reed Bank is clearly within Philippine territory. The Spratlys, a group of islands, reefs and atolls believed to be sitting stop vast oil and gas reserves, has been claimed in whole or in part by China, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines. It has long been regarded as a potential flash point for conflict in Asia. Mr Sabban said he deployed ...

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