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Post time 2013-8-27 08:42:02 |Display all floors
Philippines, Vietnam close ranks amid sea row with China


MANILA, Philippines - Top defense officials of the Philippines and Vietnam met on Monday to discuss security issues in connection with their territorial dispute with China over islets in the South China Sea while the top defense official of the United States started his tour to meet with his counterparts in Southeast Asia.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Vietnam’s Defense Minister, General Phung Quang Thanh, met in Camp Aguinaldo, general headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) based in Quezon City.

“Both officials assessed joint activities of the two defense and military establishments, and explored other cooperative initiatives to include humanitarian assistance and disaster relief cooperation given both countries’ experience on natural disasters,” the Department of National Defense (DND) said in a statement issued Monday.

It said one of the issues discussed during the meeting was how to cope with the “US’ policy of re-balancing in the Asia-Pacific” through mutual cooperation.

“Since the signing of the defense cooperation agreement between the Philippines and Vietnam in 2010, defense relations between the two countries have progressed through high-level visits, personnel exchanges and information-sharing. These exchanges fostered government-to-government links as well as people-to-people ties for the mutual benefit of the two countries,” the DND said.

Thanh arrived in the country on Sunday and is scheduled to fly back home on Wednesday.

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to arrive in the Philippines this week for a visit after attending a conference of defense ministers of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) in Brunei.

China has been claiming nearly all of the strategically vital South China Sea (called West Philippine Sea by the Philippines), even waters close to the shores of its smaller neighbors.

Tensions between China and other claimants to the sea, particularly the Philippines and Vietnam, have escalated in recent years amid a series of Chinese political and military actions to assert its claims to the waters.



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Post time 2013-8-27 09:13:05 |Display all floors
Just ask Vietnam to whom the Spratly islands belong.  It is like a pretty girl agreeing to go on a date with a neighborhood thug.  You know there can be no good ending to such a bad beginning.

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Post time 2013-8-27 10:04:59 |Display all floors
Parts of the Spratly Islands are indeed "disputed" between Vietnam and the Philippines.
But ...

- it is all within the ASEAN "family"
- both countries have chosen a peaceful way to solve differences
- no bullying, no military threads, etc.
- no exagerated claims over the whole sea

There is a whole lot of difference to the attitude of China.

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Post time 2013-8-28 12:54:32 |Display all floors
NgTran Post time: 2013-8-27 10:04
Parts of the Spratly Islands are indeed "disputed" between Vietnam and the Philippines.
But ...

This is what is called "wishful thinking".  Has the Philippines asked Vietnam to whom the Spratly islands belong?  Of course not, you dare not ask.  Have a nice honeymoon.

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Post time 2013-8-29 18:49:34 |Display all floors
Vietnam and the Philippines will find a way to solve their competing claims.

They certainly will not go to war over it.

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Post time 2013-8-31 19:42:45 |Display all floors
Kbay Post time: 2013-8-31 19:31
Day dreaming again?

The Viets are no Uncle Sam arselickers like you shameless daughter-selling Pi ...

Show your real colors kbay. It is owed to this forum, that more and more racist forum members come out to the open.

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Post time 2013-8-31 19:44:05 |Display all floors
Kbay Post time: 2013-8-31 19:31
Day dreaming again?

The Viets are no Uncle Sam arselickers like you shameless daughter-selling Pi ...

Your expression is that of an anonymous internet barbarian.

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