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Manila : Philippines | May 12, 2012 at 7:29 PM PDT
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Military Exercises Continue Despite Shoal Dispute

A fleet of Chinese war exercises in the waters near the Philippines in the tension between the two sides around Scarborough Shoal is not over.

Taipei Times newspaper reported that Taiwan's Defense Forces, from day 10.5, followed closely round of naval exercise held in China's southeast coast of Taiwan, bordered by the Philippines.Earlier, Japanese media also reported that the military has found five Chinese ships to Okinawa archipelago 650 km southwest of the day 6.5, after we go through the Miyako Strait, including two destroyers Guangzhou and Wuhan 052B class, two ships and escorts Yulin Chaohu 054A class amphibious ships along Kunlun Son of class 071. This fleet of the South Sea Fleet, came from Hainan Island to go through the Taiwan Strait and then loop back toward the waters near the Philippines to exercise. According to the Taipei Times, Chinese warships forward deployed tactical and combat training with helicopters in the area.

Currently, Beijing is one of the main fisheries and marine inspection vessel near Scarborough Shoal. Thus, Chinese vessels are present on both sides of the Philippine Sea. So far, perhaps because the Chinese warships are in international waters, should the Philippines and Taiwan are not available for comment. In contrast, AFP reported on 12.5 criticism on China's Defense Ministry website said: "The information said that the Guangzhou Military District, the South Sea Fleet and other units have entered into the state of war is not ready true. "

In another development, Beijing and Manila to have a new problem arises. AFP quoted the director of the farming industry on the Philippines Clarito Barron 12.05 or more parcels for the country's banana exports China has been confiscated for reasons of pest and diseases. However, Mr. Barron said the plot was bananas on strict quarantine before export to China. Meanwhile, the country's tons of bananas are rotting in the ports in China for custody. Besides the detention of bananas, China has also carried out control measures stricter with pineapple, papaya from the Philippines. Developments occurring after the Chinese travel agency reported on 10.5 trips pause Philippines.

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Philippine and U.S. marines take part in an amphibious raid as part of a Philippine-U.S. joint military exercise in Ulugan bay
Le Thi Bich Lan is based in Vũng Tàu, Đông Nam Bộ, Vietnam, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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