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Japan seeks to give patrol planes to Malaysia

Retired Self-Defense Force aircraft would watch over South China Sea

A P-3C patrol aircraft belonging to the Maritime Self-Defense Force.

TOKYO -- Japan is looking to donate retired military patrol aircraft to Malaysia, letting that Southeast Asian country keep closer watch over the South China Sea to rein in China's maritime expansion.

Parliament is currently weighing revisions to the foundational law of the Ministry of Defense that would allow equipment to be given to other nations at no cost. Currently, some form of compensation is legally required for any national asset. Malaysia will likely be the first beneficiary once that change is made, receiving P-3C patrol aircraft previously used by the Maritime Self-Defense Force.

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