COMMENTARY SAYS US-RP WARGAMES FAN RISKS OF CONFLICT
As Malacañang maintained yesterday that the government has been consistent with its position of not adding any more tension in its standoff with China over the Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, a newspaper of China’s People Liberation Army (PLA) warned military exercises being held between Philippines and United States forces “have fanned risks of armed confrontation over the disputed area.”
Presidential deputy spokesman Abigail Valte, nevertheless, stressed that the Aquino administration had done its commitment to “de-escalate tension” in the area.
Valte issued the statement after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) tagged as an “aggravation” a move by China to send a large patrol vessel to Panatag Shoal last Friday..... MORE
Source: The Daily Tribune