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China defense exec, Oban, Gazmin to meet in private By Michaela P. del Callar and Mario J. Mallari 05/21/2011

Saturday, May 21, 2011

AFTER CHINESE JET BUZZING INCIDENT

China defense exec, Oban, Gazmin to meet in private

By Michaela P. del Callar and Mario J. Mallari 05/21/2011

Amid fresh tensions between China and the Philippines after two recent close calls near a disputed group of islands, China’s top defense official is arriving in the country today for a five-day visit that includes a closed-door meeting with Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Oban Jr. and a separate dialog with President Aquino.

The visit of Gen. Liang Guanglie, State Councilor and Minister of National Defense of the People’s Republic of China, “is expected to further advance China-Philippines friendly relations,” a Chinese Embassy statement said.

The Executive and the military, meanwhile, opted to keep their lips sealed over the recent
incident where two Chinese jet fighters reportedly buzzed two Philippine Air Force OV-10 bombers that are on a reconnaisance flight over the Philippine-occupied Reed Bank off Palawan..... MORE

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