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Presence of US troops in RP not aimed against China — AFP By Mario J. Mallari and Fernan J. Angeles 01/31/2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Presence of US troops in RP not aimed against China — AFP

By Mario J. Mallari and Fernan J. Angeles 01/31/2012

The Department of National Defense (DND) yesterday doused fears that the planned increased military presence of the United States in the Asia-Pacific Region, particularly in the Philippines through more military exercises, was aimed against China which has expressed concerns over the plan.

At a press briefing, DND spokesman Peter Paul Galvez said the Philippines is pushing for stability and peace in the Asia Pacific region as he stressed that the planned increased US military presence coupled with the ongoing capability upgrade and modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are not directed against any nation.

“Of course, we are after peace and stability in the region. That is our priority,” Galvez said. “…The increased US presence is really for the exercises, along with the equipment we are buying, we need to know more, we need to train how to use these things properly. There are new concepts of operations, there are some techniques that we don’t know yet, that is the primary reason.”.... MORE

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