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  • PH says won't protest China actions in Spratly Islands

    MANILA - The Philippines would not protest China's moves to militarize its man-made islands in the South China Sea, Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay said on Friday, amid Manila's efforts to improve ties with Beijing.

    China has deployed anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems on the artificial islets it has built in the disputed Spratly Islands, the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies said in findings reported by Reuters this week.
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  • Philippines Duterte says no concern about China militarization, manmade isles

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said the failure of the United States to thwart China's island-building in the South China Sea showed there was no serious concern about its militarization or reclamation work.

    The firebrand leader reiterated he wanted to avoid confrontation with China and saw no need for urgency in pressing it to abide by a July ruling by an international tribunal on its South China Sea claims that went in favor of the Philippines.

    Asked during a television interview when he would address the issue, Duterte said it would happen "during my time" but he was not yet ready to discuss the ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague and neither was China.

    He said he had no intention of aggressively pursuing the Philippine maritime claim and taking on China and the only power capable of doing so was the United States.

    "I cannot let is pass and be neglected," he told CNN Philippines, referring to the ruling that rejected China's extensive claims in the South China Sea.

    "But are you ready to talk with me now? Because if you are not, I am not ready," he said, referring to China.
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  • rodriv Send Message View User Items on 19 Dec 16 @ 02:48 PM #

    bakit pag may pag aabuso ang china. kabig at turo sa pag kukulang ng america.

    +1 now what our country is doing? why did he not point his finger to himself?

    -- edited by kawawawanaman on Jan 18 2017, 04:50 AM
  • PHL issued note verbale to China for concerns on disputed areas – Yasay
    "When you want to renew ties with another country, it does not mean you are compromising or eroding your rights on certain matters .... Even as we are renewing these ties, when something happens that can pose as some threat to the sovereign rights, as a matter of course we issue this note verbale and make sure we can discuss and talk about it and resolve it," he said.

    "Personally, I think the reason for it is you don't want to create the impression that if one does something—or at least from our viewpoint, we perceive that they are doing something—we do not take a stand or position on it. You can be accused of sleeping on your rights," he added.
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  • US to provide monetary aid to PHL Coast Guard

    A United States official has vowed to provide $4.7M for the training of Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel, a television report on Thursday said.

    According to a Balitanghali report, US Ambassador Sung Kim assured that the monetary aid will be alloted for the training center that will teach the PCG on how to repair the outboard motors of small boats.

    The report added that the PCG can save their maintenance budget if they will learn how to repair damaged parts of small boats.

    At present, the PCG has more than 300 small boats.

    Moreover, Kim also promised to expedite PCG's acquisition of fast boats, which cost 25 to 30 million pesos, as this is what the country needs, according to Commodore Joel Garcia.

    Garcia also said there is no tension and no cases of harassment between the Philippines and China in the Scarborough Shoal and Pag-asa Island.

    The PCG's priority is to continue protecting the country against piracy, terrorism and transportation of illegal drugs.
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  • Trump White House vows to stop China taking South China Sea islands

    The new U.S. administration of President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States would prevent China from taking over territory in international waters in the South China Sea, something Chinese state media has warned would require Washington to "wage war."

    The comments at a briefing from White House spokesman Sean Spicer signaled a sharp departure from years of cautious U.S. handling of China's assertive pursuit of territory claims in Asia, just days after Trump took office on Friday.

    "The U.S. is going to make sure that we protect our interests there," Spicer said when asked if Trump agreed with comments by his secretary of state nominee, Rex Tillerson, on Jan. 11 that China should not be allowed access to islands it has built in the contested South China Sea.

    "It’s a question of if those islands are in fact in international waters and not part of China proper, then yeah, we’re going to make sure that we defend international territories from being taken over by one country," he said.

    Tillerson's remarks at his Senate confirmation hearing prompted Chinese state media to say the United States would need to "wage war" to bar China's access to the islands where it has built military-length air strips and installed weapons systems.

    Tillerson was asked at the hearing whether he supported a more aggressive posture toward China and said: "We’re going to have to send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops and, second, your access to those islands also is not going to be allowed.”

    The former Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) chairman and chief executive did not elaborate on what might be done to deny China access to the islands.

    But analysts said his comments, like those of Spicer, suggested the possibility of U.S. military action, or even a naval blockade, that would risk armed confrontation with China, an increasingly formidable nuclear-armed military power. It is also the world's second-largest economy and the target of accusations by Trump that it is stealing American jobs.

    Spicer declined to elaborate when asked how the United States could enforce such a move against China, except to say: “I think, as we develop further, we’ll have more information on it.”

    Tillerson narrowly won approval from a Senate committee on Monday and is expected to win confirmation from the full Senate.
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  • Trump White House vows to stop China taking South China Sea islands

    with 2 bad hands dealt, I'll take any upside that I can get for our country