PH-China in ‘very serious’ talks over West PH Sea dispute

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Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:32 pm

The top official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) vowed that the government military would soon stand up against the bullying of powerful countries.

In his speech before officials and soldiers of the military’s Southern Luzon Command (Solcom) in Camp Nakar here, AFP chief of staff Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, said President Duterte wants to complete the AFP modernization program until 2020.

Quoting the President, Galvez said Mr. Duterte hates how big countries are belittling the capability of the Philippine military.

“He (Duterte) said, I’m only buying time. When the time comes, other countries would not easily touch or bully us,” Galvez said.

He said the President wants him to hurry up the completion of the AFP
modernization program.

Top AFP officials and concerned security agencies of the government are conducting a series of meetings on how to fast-track the modernization program, Galvez revealed.

The Duterte administration has set aside P25 billion for the purchase of brand new attack helicopters, tanks and other military hardware.



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The Philippines is currently engaged in “very serious conversations” with China after it filed a diplomatic protest against Beijing over its continued militarization of the West Philippine Sea, a foreign affairs official said on Friday.

“We continue to assure you that we continue to engage in very serious conversations,” Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Ernesto Abella told reporters in an interview in Malacañang.

Abella disputed allegations of critics that the government was being “negligent” in dealing with China’s aggressive militarization and development in the disputed waters.

Abella said the safety of travel in the West Philippine Sea remains to be the top concern of the government.

“We always underline our concern on the safety on the seas that these will not be interrupted,” he said.

And despite Manila’s diplomatic protest against Beijing, Abella said Philippines-China relations continue to improve.

“We continue to ensure that our areas of cooperation especially with China are protected: safety of the seas, the safety of travel, oil and gas, fisheries and environmental concerns,” he stressed.



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Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:42 pm

US Defense Secretary James Mattis gave no categorical commitment on whether the Philippine-occupied features in the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) is covered by the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty.

While the US official said that they stand by their treaty allies, he remained conservative on whether the treaty would apply in case an armed confrontation breaks out in the disputed waters.

“We stand by our treaty allies but this is a discussion between the current administrations in Manila and in Washington. It’s not one that can be answered as simply as your question would indicate,” he said in a Q and A after delivering his remarks on Saturday at the Shangri-La Dialogue, one of the world’s biggest security forums.



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Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:40 pm

China apparently still has control over Scarborough Shoal (Bajo de Masinloc).

Filipino fishermen claimed on Monday that the Chinese Coast Guard remains in the disputed shoal while some Chinese have allegedly been taking their fish harvest away from them.



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