In signal to China, Obama to give 2 ships to Philippines

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to reporters after touring the BRP Gregorio del Pilar in Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. The BRP Gregorio del Pilar is an advanced Philippine Navy frigate once owned by the United States. While in Manila, Obama will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit with nearly two dozen other leaders. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)MANILA, Philippines (AP) — With a towering warship behind him, President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that the U.S. will hand over two ships to the Philippine Navy to boost its maritime security capabilities, in a bid to show the U.S. and its allies won’t be cowed by China in disputed waters far off its coast.

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