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China involves military in Scarborough tiff with RP By Michaela P. del Callar and Angie M. Rosales 04/28/2012

Saturday, April 28, 2012

China involves military in Scarborough tiff with RP

By Michaela P. del Callar and Angie M. Rosales 04/28/2012

China announced yesterday that its military will now join its maritime authorities in protecting its claim over a shoal within Manila’s territorial jurisdiction as tensions between the Philippines and China showed no sign of letting up nearly three weeks after a dangerous naval standoff began.

China’s statement, one of its most provocative yet, was made three days after declaring that it is not escalating the situation in the area and that it is committed to settle the standoff through friendly diplomatic consultations.

“Chinese armed forces will closely work with fishery and maritime supervision agencies to jointly safeguard national marine rights and interests,” Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng said in a statement posted on Beijing’s government web portal..... MORE

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