Can China help the Philippines fight piracy?

President Rodrigo Duterte demonstrated his good faith in China again on January 31 when he said at an oath-taking ceremony for Philippine military officers that he had asked China if it could patrol the international waters near the Philippines, to help tackle piracy.
Duterte was referring to the Sulu Sea. According to the International Maritime Bureau, in 2015, the number of piracy cases in Southeast Asia accounted for 71 per cent of the global total. Last year, the number of maritime kidnappings hit a 10-year high.
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