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RP-US war games not Beijing’s business — AFP By Mario J. Mallari 04/23/2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

RP-US war games not Beijing’s business — AFP

By Mario J. Mallari 04/23/2012

Despite warning from China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) that the ongoing Balikatan exercises between Filipino and American troops have fanned risks of armed confrontation over disputed area in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), the joint RP-US military training will push through as scheduled.

In fact, the military’s Western Command (Westcom), which has jurisdiction over some parts of the disputed West Philippine Sea, yesterday shrugged off the warning aired in a newspaper commentary of China’s PLA as “warmongering.”

Westcom chief Lt. Gen. Juancho Sabban stressed the ongoing Balikatan joint exercises between personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the United States Armed Forces have nothing to do with the maritime dispute..... MORE

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