Japan offers defence tools to Philippines amid China’s claims in South, East China seas

Japan has begun providing the Philippine military with life-saving equipment adopted by the Self-Defence Forces, said defence and foreign ministry officials, making it the first time Tokyo has offered SDF equipment to a foreign armed force using its official development assistance (ODA).The supply of the equipment, also available for civilian use, is intended to strengthen defence ties with the Philippines as the two countries are faced with China’s assertive claims in the East and South China…