China Protests Against Korea Donating Warship to Philippines

China has strongly protested against the government's decision to donate a 1,200-ton patrol boat and a landing vessel to the Philippines, it emerged Monday.

Former Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin agreed in a meeting on May 30 with his Philippines counterpart Voltaire Gazmin to hand over the aging vessels free of charge.

According to the Foreign Ministry, an official at the Chinese Embassy in Seoul visited the ministry on June 10 after the decision was reported by media and asked for it to be canceled.

China is engaged in a territorial spat with Manila over islands in the South China Sea.

englishnews@chosun.com / Aug. 05, 2014 09:52 KST