China is sending a state-of-the-art hospital ship to the Philippines following criticism that it was slow and stingy in its response to one of the world's biggest typhoons, which killed at least 4,000 people.
The Foreign Ministry in Beijing confirmed on November 19th the deployment of the 14,000-tonne "Peace Ark" as state television reported the arrival of the first batch of Chinese relief supplies in the Philippines.
Tension between China and the Philippines has risen in recent months over disputed claims in the South China Sea, with Manila taking Beijing to a United Nations court to challenge its historic claim to much of the strategic waterway.
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Full exactAIS® track of the Peace Ark as it now makes its way to the Philippines from its original location in the Black Sea
Zoomed in exactAIS® track of the Peace Ark shows its approach to Indonesia, still days away from entering the Philippines region.