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Aquino: Military build up continues amid China threat

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Aquino: Military build up continues amid China threat

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President Aquino said his administration will continue a military build up to counter threats posed by China in heated territorial disputes its has with the Philippines as China’s defense ministrey said it will establish a military garrison on a group of disputed islands in the South China Sea.

The Chinese troops will operate from Sansha in the Paracel Islands, one of two archipelagos in the South China Sea that are claimed by both China and Vietnam.

Aquino, in his state of the nation address (Sona) yesterday said the situation at Bajo de Masinloc has been the source of much discussion and it is “his duty to uphold the laws of the country.”

“And as I did, tension ensued: on one hand, the Chinese had their Nine-Dash Line Theory laying claim to almost the entire West Philippine Sea; on the other, there was the United Nations Convention on the Laws of the Sea, which recognized the rights of many countries, including that of China itself,” Aquino said..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/index.php/headlines/item/1961-aquino-military-build-up-continues-amid-china-threat

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