Chinese Company Sanctioned For Supplying Weapons of Mass Destruction to Iran Wants to Supply Military Hardware to the Philippines

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Philippine Marines disembark from their landing ship during a disaster drill as part of the Balikatan exercises in Casiguran, Aurora yesterday. Inset shows a US Air Force US V-22 Osprey preparing to land at the port of Dibacong during the joint military exercises. MICHAEL VARCAS, AFP

BEIJING – A state-owned Chinese firm that was sanctioned by the United States for allegedly supplying weapons of mass destruction to Iran has expressed its intention to supply military hardware to the Philippines to boost the country’s defense capability.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced yesterday that state-owned conglomerate China Poly Group Corp. has expressed intent to supply arms and other equipment to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

The offer casts a shadow of concern raised by China’s militarization in the South China Sea, which also comes on the heels…

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