The Philippines and Australia are exploring the possibility of joint patrols in the South China Sea.
On Wednesday, Australian Defence Minister Richard Marles said that he had discussed joint patrolling with Philippine Defence Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr.
He said; “As countries which are committed to the global rules-based order, it is natural that we should think about ways in which we can cooperate in this respect.
“We did talk today about the possibility of exploring joint patrols and we will continue that work and we hope that comes to fruition soon."
Earlier this month, Philippines accused China’s coast guard of harassing one of its coast guard vessels in the South China Sea.
The incident prompted expressions of concern from other countries including Japan, Australia and the US.
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