Indian Air Force Send C-130J To Philippines carrying relief materials

Far away in the South China Sea, the Philippines was ravaged by a typhoon Haiyan and it was time for India to showcase its “look-east policy”. On November 12, the Indian Air Force was tasked to fly out a special operations plane, the C-130-J Hercules, to Manila carrying relief material-tents, blankets and medicines etc.

The material was picked from the Army’s long-term stocks in New Delhi. Notably, China which has overlapping disputes with the Philippines in the hydrocarbon-rich South China Sea, is under criticism for offering a rather meagre $1,00,000 in cash as aid. South Block in New Delhi estimates that the IAF planes landing in Manila will have a more everlasting impact. The US and Japan have pledged millions of dollars in aid, while the UK has sent its warships carrying aid.