Philippine Aircraft Japanese Donation to Disputed Coral

The Philippine military flies a Japanese donated patrol plane to a disputed reef area with China in the South China Sea.

According to Philippine military officials, the Scarborough action did not confront China's resistance to the reefs.

North Luzon Military Command of the Philippines, said the Beechcraft King Air C90 plane flew low to 240 meters above Scarborough. The plane saw the presence of nine Chinese ships, including four Chinese coastal vessels and four Filipino fishing boats.

Earlier this month, a US-derailed destroyer sailed near Scarborough to show freedom of navigation. The action sparked protests from China that said it would take the necessary measures to protect its territorial sovereignty. The USS Hopper ship sailed into the 12-mile-sea area of ​​Scarborough without Chinese permission.

China controls Scarborough in 2012 after engaging in a dispute with Philippine ships. The small reef area is located about 200 kilometers from Luzon Island, the Philippines, and about 600 kilometers southeast of China. [ab/uh]

Japan Protests Presence of Chinese Ships Near Disputed Islands

Japan has filed an official protest against China after a Chinese naval ship was spotted in the East China Sea near a group of islands claimed by both countries.

A Chinese frigate was seen Thursday beyond the 22 kilometer formed a territorial waters of Japan that surrounds the islands.

A spokesman for the Japanese Ministry of Defense said a foreign submarine, also believed to belong to China, was detected in the same region on Wednesday and Thursday.

In Tokyo, Japanese Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama summoned Chinese ambassador Cheng Younghua to the Foreign Ministry to express "serious concerns" about the incident.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters in Beijing that the two ships are in the region it is to monitor the activities of Japanese ships. [lt]