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PH backs rearmed Japan to ‘balance’ China


Secretary Albert F. del Rosario. Photo by DFA

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines would support Japan dropping its pacifist constitution to become a fully-fledged military force and act as a balance against a rising China, a government spokesman said Monday.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said the Philippines would strongly support a rearmed Japan – its World War II foe – as a counterweight to what it sees as Chinese provocation.

“We are looking for balancing factors in the region and Japan could be a significant balancing factor,” he told the paper amid growing tensions over the South China Sea, almost all of which is claimed by China.

Foreign department spokesman Raul Hernandez confirmed the government’s view that Japan should upgrade its military from a self-defense force so that it has more freedom to operate in the region.

“(Del Rosario) said we are in favor of Japan’s gaining strength,” Hernandez told AFP.

Japan occupied the Philippines for more than three years from December 1941, during which suspected guerrillas were tortured and executed, and some local women forced into prostitution to serve the occupying army.

The war claimed at least a million civilian Philippine lives, according to historians.

The newspaper interview come shortly before a general election in Japan where the front-runner, opposition leader Shinzo Abe, has said he wants to revise the country’s pacifist constitution, imposed by the US after the war.

China claims most of the South China Sea, including waters close to the shores of its neighbours. These areas include major sea lanes and are believed to hold vast mineral and oil resources.

China’s claim is contested by the Philippines as well as Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam, which have overlapping claims to some or all of those same areas.

In April, Chinese patrol vessels prevented the Philippine Navy from arresting a group of Chinese fishermen at the Scarborough Shoal, which is close to the main Philippine island of Luzon and which Manila says is part of its territory.

Manila says China has continued to station patrol vessels in the area even after the Philippines withdrew its vessels and called for a peaceful resolution to the dispute according to international law.

Earlier this month, the Philippines asked China to clarify press reports Chinese authorities had authorised its forces to interdict ships entering what Beijing considers its territorial waters.

China and Japan are also in dispute over islands in the East China Sea that are controlled by Tokyo.


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  • Aiden Dela Cruz

    tama lamang na gawin nating kaalyado ang japan!

  • Karen Mabini

    ang masasabi ko lang, sana makabuti ang presensya ng japan upang mapaganda ang sitwasyon..

  • Gerald Bautista

    Japan at our side will be a good impression against china. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UPBI3ESYPHNYH72R3544I564UM Minnette

    hindi ko alam kung may idudulot na maganda ang pagsama ng japan sa usapin.. pero sana lang wag magkarun ng giyera kasi sigurado madaming mamamatay……

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UAFA6EPWWU6IERLX5OT3USD3JU Angel

    The presence of a third party in a situation like what we have with China is good news for us. But let’s all hope that no blood will be shed. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZBCPCO2JKAPD2SB7WXAYZJJLNA Jing

    Japan! Woooohoooo! 

  • Agata Baltazar

    kung makakabuti ang presensya ng japan, doon ako.

  • Aleksander Boleslaw

    Japan was once a superpower in terms of weaponry. It isnt farfetched that it can bring back its old glory in these terms. Biut no one wants a real arms fight, right? Let’s pray for peace. 



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