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Palace mum on US-China spat over Spratly garrison

Monday, July 30, 2012

Palace mum on US-China spat over Spratly garrison


The Aquino administration has refused to be dragged in a brewing conflict between the United States and China over the latter’s plan to put up a “garrison” similar to a military base off the disputed Spratly Islands.

Deputy presidential spokesman Abigail Valte said “the Philippines has its own position on the matter and will not enter the picture. We do not know how our friends in China will face that, we will not comment on the statements of the US in reference to China’s plans,” she explained.

Valte expressed high optimism about the “diplomacy” between the Philippines and China, adding that positive results appeared to suggest that it was working.

The Palace mouthpiece even cited the Philippines-China dispute over the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal and the Kalayaan Islands in the Spratlys as among the proofs of an enhanced relationship..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/index.php/nation/item/2213-palace-mum-on-us-china-spat-over-spratly-garrison

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