US, Philippines launch joint South China Sea patrols: Ashton Carter

The US said Thursday it has launched joint South China Sea patrols with the Philippines, and will temporarily deploy 275 troops and five warplanes in the country which is locked in a territorial row with China.

AFP| Last Updated: Apr 14, 2016, 15:14 PM IST

Manila: The US said Thursday it has launched joint South China Sea patrols with the Philippines, and will temporarily deploy 275 troops and five warplanes in the country which is locked in a territorial row with China.

The joint naval patrols, which began last month, "contribute to the safety and security of the region`s waters," Defence Secretary Ashton Carter told reporters after a meeting with Philippines President Benigno Aquino.