China fired warning flares against Philippine aircraft patrolling WPS


China fired at least six warning flares against Philippine aircraft patrolling the West Philippine Sea from January to June this year, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence Major General Reuben Basiao told lawmakers during House Committee on National Defense and Security briefing on November 5.

“Beijing has also issued flare warnings against Philippine aircraft covering these areas, and from January to June 2019, there have been six flare warnings against Philippine maritime patrols have been noticed,” Major General Basiao said.

He also said that China deployed 17 research vessels to West Philippine Sea during the same period “to hinder Philippine operations both patrols and rotation and reprovision missions in the West Philippine Sea.”