Japan seeks Southeast Asia clout with chopper parts for Philippines military – sources
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s army will give thousands of helicopter parts to keep Philippine military choppers airborne, helping Tokyo gain clout with Manila in a contest with China to secure influence over the strategic South China Sea nation, four sources said.
Military diplomacy is a new means for Japan to confound China’s bid for control in the bitterly contested South China Sea as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks a regional military role amid a retreat from decades of state pacifism. We’re sorry. You don't have permission to access this page. Please sign up to have full access to this page.