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US Pacific brass in town; Huge Sino fleet at Spratlys

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

US Pacific brass in town; Huge Sino fleet at Spratlys


As the commander of the United States’ Pacific Command (USPACOM) landed yesterday in the country apparently to discuss regional security with his local counterparts, a big fleet of Chinese fishing vessels arrived at the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea the day before in two disparate events but  which are expected to further heat up tensions between the Philippines and China over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

Admiral Samuel Locklear, commander of the USPACOM, met with Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Jessie Dellosa shortly after an arrival honor was held in Camp Aguinaldo yesterday afternoon.

After the honors, AFP spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr. told reporters the meeting between Dellosa and Locklear would tackle the tension between the Philippines and China over the disputed South China Sea.

“That (dispute) is among the issues that involved AFP and the US Armed Forces, that is included in the discussion of security issues that has bearing on regional security and stability,” said Burgos..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/index.php/headlines/item/1655-us-pacific-brass-in-town-huge-sino-fleet-at-spratlys

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