US appeals for calm over West Philippine Sea

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WASHINGTON—The United States appealed for calm Friday after Taiwan apparently prepared to deploy missiles in the West Philippine Sea over concerns that rival claimants to disputed islands are building up their arms.

“We encourage all claimants to resolve their disputes through peaceful means, in accordance with international law and without resorting to the threat or use of force,” Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters.

Taiwan’s defense minister Kao Hua-chu endorsed a proposal passed by the country’s defense committee Wednesday demanding coastguard units in Taiping and the Pratas islands — claimed by China — be armed with Chaparral or Tien Chien I missiles.

China claims all of the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), including hundreds of Spratly islands and reefs.

Taiwan, Vietnam, Brunei, China, Malaysia and the Philippines claim all or part of the Spratlys, which could lie on top of large oil reserves.

The Taiwanese coastguard currently has a 130-strong garrison on Taiping, the biggest island in the Spratlys archipelago.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VY25ZOHU3FJFFX6CYSH5W4AX3I sugbu

    Huwag na..napakagulo na rin lang ng Pinas …hayaan na lang nating masakop tayo kaysa inaalipin ng kapwa Filipino…Mga politician at gobyerno…walang silbi…puro mga bobo or tuso !!!

  • Sonny Cos

    isa nanamang malabong comment…. anong “huwag na” may pinagagawa ba sayo o kahit kaninong Filipino ang balitang ito? “napakagulo na rin lang ng Pinas” anong kinalaman ng gulo sa Pinas ng pag deploy ng Taiwan ng missles sa island na inaari  nila? “hayaan na lang nating masakop tayo kaysa inaalipin ng kapwa Filipino…Mga politician at gobyerno” saan sinabi sa balita na may gustong sumakop sa Pinas? At bakit ka kasi puapayag na alipinin ka ng kapwa mo Filipino at ng politician at gobyerno? Abay gumawa ka ng paraan para dika maalipin! “walang silbi… puro mga bobo or tuso!!” ikaw ba ang tinutukoy mo dito? hehehehe magbasa naman kasi ng mabuti para may maayos na commnt next time nakakatawa at nakakainis lang ang pinagsasabi mo…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VY25ZOHU3FJFFX6CYSH5W4AX3I sugbu

      with the current wranglings within the government branches and the frustration dealt by ineptitudes…try having a good reflections so will have the slightest grasp on what is all about.

      • Sonny Cos

        another “bright” comment sugbu… keep it up! everyone can relate to you! hehehehe!

      • Sonny Cos

        mapa tagalog o english you make a lot of sense! hehehehehe! 

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    tuwan tuwa nga ang u.s.
    at may ipupukol sila sa pilipinas
    para maparami at mapalaki
    ang mga nakatagong/stealth bases sa pilipinas

    baka nga magkaroon din
    ng tonkin gulf incidence
    sa west philippine sea
    at masulsulan ang nga taksil na lider
    para mas papasukin ang u.s. military
    na buong buo sa pilipinas

    huwag ka ng sumawsaw dito u.s.
    guerra lang ang dala mo tulad sa
    iraq afghanistan pakistan yemen libya etc
    at balita pati sa africa na

    gusto mo na talagang
    lipulin ang buong mundo

    • Anonymous

      labo mo maoist.

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