Philippines, U.S. hold war games

AFP-JIJI

A U.S. destroyer was to join the Philippine Navy’s flagship for war games starting Thursday close to a flash-point area of the South China Sea, adding to tensions with China over rival territorial claims.

The exercises are a boost for the Philippines’ poorly equipped military as it struggles with perceived rising Chinese aggression. The six-day exercises are an annual event, but this year they are being held off the west coast of the island of Luzon, 110 km east of the Scarborough Shoal, which China insists it owns.