China is on “high alert,” Thursday after the Philippines announced its plan to acquire five Japanese aircraft to patrol the disputed West Philippine Sea, warning Manila not to challenge its sovereignty and security interests.
“If the Philippines’ actions are to challenge China’s sovereignty and security interests, China is resolutely opposed,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a daily news briefing.
“Meanwhile, China will be on high alert for Japan’s actions,” Hong said asking Japan not to meddle in the South China Sea.
“As Japan is a non-claimant country in the SCS, China demands Japan be prudent in words and deeds and refrain from actions that jeopardise regional peace and stability,” he added.
The Philippines will least five TC-90 training aircraft from Japan to help patrol its territory in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), President Benigno Aquino III said on Wednesday.
Aquino, who’s going to step down from office year, outlined the country’s progress in efforts to modernize its military, one of Asia’s most ill-equipped.
“Were they not saying that our air force before was ‘all air and no force?’” he asked.
In addition to the five TC-90 aircraft from Japan, the Philippines will also acquire dozens of military aircraft this year until 2017 from other countries, including two more of its dozen FA-50 fighter jets waiting to be delivered from South Korea.