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Philippines, China set to conduct second bilateral consultative mechanism next month

by UNTV NEWS   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

The Department of Foreign Affairs or DFA defended itself from allegations that it is not taking steps to stop China’s ongoing militarization of the West Philippine Sea.

Critics particularly refer to Beijing’s construction of military structures in the disputed territory, which they alleged, the DFA is not addressing.

Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said, “They are asking why there are many ships, whether coastguard or navy, near PAGASA, because the Chinese are just being sensitive that there should be no build up in the sandbars or in any features because there was an agreement that there should be no buildings.”

According to Cayetano, Philippines and China continue to discuss ways on how to resolve the dispute in a peaceful manner.

Manila and Beijing are set to tackle some sensitive information regarding the West Philippine Sea during their second bilateral consultation in February.

“All the issues, including the concerns of our fishermen, as well as how do we see the long-term: where we will be 5 years from now, 10 years, 15 years from now? If other countries are using militarization, how do you define militarization?” said Cayetano.

DFA noted the two countries may also discuss the possibility of joint exploration in the disputed waters.

“There are samples around the world where there were disputed areas and an agreement had been reached allowing both countries access. That was because they dealt with sovereignty rights or economic rights,” said the DFA secretary.  — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte says waging war with China a ‘winless’ battle

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2018

 

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte talked tough about South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) during a media interview in Malacañang, Wednesday, May 16.

The President said it is pointless to question China’s military buildup in the disputed territory because infrastructures and defense equipment are already in place.

“There is an airport. There are businesses installed. There are military equipment already in place so what’s the point of questioning whether the planes there land or not? There’s an airstrip. Hindi naman mag-landing iyan doon sa bato. Maganda ang airstrip nila,” the President said.

Mr. Duterte said that even though he can declare war with China, he is not willing to risk his men in a “winless” battle.

“I can declare war on China tonight. At sino ang magpunta? Sundalo ko? Pulis ko? Mamatay lang lahat iyan. Why will I go to war for a battle that I cannot win? Para akong g***,” he said.

President Duterte said he is willing to discuss why he allow ”things to just stay there” but not at this time. Still, he reiterated that it is useless to fight China when it is impossible to dismantle the structures in the area.

“We have to take into account, but it would take a longer time to do that. Pero kung… Busy ako ngayon. I will discuss with you geopolitics and why I allow things to just stay there. Hindi mo na rin mapaalis. Bakit mo awayin?” the President said.

Mr. Duterte blamed the Aquino administration for not taking action despite filing and winning the Arbitration case against China.

“There was sufficient time for him to stop. Siya iyong nag-demanda. Bakit hindi sila pumunta doon?” he said.

The UN-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled in favor of the Philippines’s claim to exclusive sovereign rights over the South China Sea. The decision was announced on July 12, 2016, days after President Duterte assumed presidency.

Despite justifying diplomacy with China, President Duterte vowed to insist the arbitral ruling during his term.

“In front of my entire Cabinet, I said that during my term I will insist and mention arbitral ruling,” the President assured. – Marje Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Kim Jong-un meets Xi Jinping in second surprise visit to China

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

People watch a TV news report about the meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea May 8, 2018. REUTERS/Kwak Sung-Kyung

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited China this week and met President Xi Jinping, their second encounter in two months amid warming ties between the Cold War allies.

Their talks in the northeastern coastal city of Dalian comes as tension on the Korean Peninsula over North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons eases ahead of what would be a historic meeting between Kim and US President Donald Trump, as soon as this month, according to the White House.

Kim and Xi discussed relations between their two countries as well as “major issues of common concern”, and Kim restated Pyongyang’s desire to relinquish its nuclear arsenal.

Shortly after the summit was reported, Trump said on Twitter he would speak to Xi by phone about North Korea, where he said: “relationships and trust are building”. — Reuters

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No talks about China’s missile deployment in Cabinet meeting – Roque

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, May 7th, 2018

Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte gathered his Cabinet officials Monday, May 7, but nothing about China’s missile deployment was discussed.

This was confirmed by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in an interview in Malacañang amid reports of China’s missile deployment on three Philippine-claimed reefs in the West Philippine Sea.

The items on the agenda of the 25th Cabinet meeting included preparations for the President’s State of the nation address (SONA) in July, the Dengvaxia controversy and updates on the first batch of senior high school students. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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