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Gov’t hurries to US side, seeks advice on China row By Rocky G. Nazareno 04/24/2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Gov’t hurries to US side, seeks advice on China row

By Rocky G. Nazareno 04/24/2012

It would not be any of the regional groupings of which the Philippines is a member that would have the first crack at being consulted by the Philippines over an increasingly tense territorial dispute with China but consultation will be with the United States, its key military ally.

While calling on its co-members in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to make a stand on China’s increasingly aggressive stance in the region, its neighbors have been criticizing the Philippines for being too reliant on the United States in resolving regional issues.

The government said yesterday it would officially take its concerns to the US.

The Philippines and China have been locked in a standoff over competing claims to the Scarborough Shoal, a small group of islands in the South China Sea, for more than two weeks with both sides stationing vessels there..... MORE

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