23 Jun '11, 11pm

US ready to arm Philippines amid China tension

US ready to arm Philippines amid China tension

WASHINGTON: The United States said on Thursday it was ready to provide hardware to modernise the military of the Philippines, which vowed to "stand up to aggressive action" amid rising tension at sea with China. Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, on a visit to Washington, said the Philippines hoped to lease equipment to upgrade its aged fleet and called for the allies to revamp their relationship in light of the friction with China. "We are determined and committed to supporting the defence of the Philippines," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a joint news conference when asked about the hardware wish-list from the Philippines. Clinton said the two nations were working "to determine what are the additional assets that the Philippines needs and how we can best provide those." She said del Rosario would meet Defence Secretary Robert Gates and other Pentagon officia...

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