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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled a plan at a meeting Saturday with Philippine President Benigno Aquino to provide Manila with 10 coast guard patrol ships through a yen loan to help it counter an increasingly assertive China.

In addition, to help achieve peace on Mindanao, where the Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group is in conflict with the government, Abe revealed a new official development assistance package aimed at building schools and clinics, and at developing personnel for an autonomous political entity to be established.

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