Posted by: Chuck | September 4, 2013

TENSIONS in SOUTH CHINA SEA ONCE AGAIN


Malacañang Palace, the residence of the Philip...

Malacañang Palace, the residence of the Philippine president, from the other side of the Pasig River (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The tensions have forced Aquino to call off a planned visit on September 3 to the Chinese city of Nanning to attend a trade conference. The Philippines accuses China of aggressively pushing its territorial claims over most of the South China Sea, including waters close to Philippine shores. Hagel endorsed efforts by China’s smaller neighbors in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to nego

A beach on Redang Island in the South China Sea.

A beach on Redang Island in the South China Sea. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

tiate a South China Sea “code of conduct”, as well as Philippine efforts to solve the disputes. Without mentioning China, he said that Washington wanted nations to settle their disputes through international law “without coercion or militarized attempts to alter the status quo.” Hagel held separate talks with Gazmin and Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, and visited the US military cemetery in Manila before heading back to Washington. (Source: AFP News)

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