PH, Vietnam set to hold joint bilateral cooperation meeting next year


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MANILA, Philippines – Officials from the Philippines and Vietnam met on Friday and talked about preparations for the 7th Joint Commission Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) to be held next year, which would involve discussions on defense cooperation and maritime issues, among others.

In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said that Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy and newly-delegated Philippine ambassador to China Erlinda Basilio met with Vietnam’s Vice Foreign Affairs Minister Pham Quang Vinh in Manila to talk about the preparations.

“The JCBC will discuss the implementation of the Philippines-Vietnam Action Plan 2011-2016, which covers cooperation on political, defense, security, economic, fisheries, agriculture, forestry, environment, science and technology, energy, education, cultural and tourism, social welfare and development, and maritime and ocean concerns and issues,” it said.

DFA spokesperson Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez said that issues on the West Philippine Sea (WPS) were always tackled in the context of maritime cooperation.

Hernandez noted that on maritime cooperation, the meeting discussed the establishment of hotline communication channels between the coast guards of the two countries, a memorandum of agreement in search and rescue at sea, and another memorandum of agreement in oil spill preparedness and response.

Hernandez also stressed that the meeting was only in preparation for the JCBC, which he said was being conducted regularly by the two countries to discuss and review their bilateral relations.

China claims nearly the entire West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), believed to be rich in oil and gas resources, while the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam, have overlapping claims to some or all of those same areas.

Recent weeks have seen a rise in tensions in the sea disputes, with the Philippines asking China to clarify media reports saying Chinese authorities had authorized its forces to interdict ships entering what Beijing considers its territorial waters.

Both the Philippines and Vietnam have also refused to stamp Chinese electronic passports bearing the image of a map of its nine-dash sea claims as part of their protests to China’s sovereignty claims to nearly the entire West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

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  • PurpleDaisy13

    Vietnam has maps of the Spratly islands dated since 1754 and 1838.  However, maps that don’t identify or justify clear sovereignty doesn’t mean Vietnam owns the Spratly islands.

    But regardless, Vietnam may have a stronger basis against the Philippines.

    • huandelacruz

      as always, other countries claim dont hold water against the “iron clad, legal, justify, historical etc..” claim of china…

  • joboni96

    the philippine vietnam japan taiwan sokorea asean
    axis of new mongol yuan

    india russia later

  • Bright

    no maps or otherwise, the local Filipinos have been fishing in these grounds for hundreds of years… 


    hope ko lang sa vietnam sana maging democracy na sila.

  • Pedring2

    The 50-cent army, paid per message are all here. These guys/gals – professional trouble makers for their  masters in Beijing – don’t have jobs other  than  this. 

    As the Indonesians say: “Cina Babi, Cina Babi”.

    • DakuAkongUtin

      Pedro pan de Koko just stole a loaf of bread from the nearby panaderia. Instead of screaming , Pulis ! THe chinese owner screamed, Pino rat !

      • Pedring2

        Japan, please make germs, repellents and nukes for the shameless Babis.

  • Rasputin Casanova

    ah basta ang bansang SINCE ANCIENT TIMES ay napaka dupang! alam nila na mauubos ang kanilang yaman kaya nanakawin ang yaman natin

  • wetwidewild

    Vietnamese uses PH govt like using a toilet plunger, in the dirtiest way.
    Vietnamese is in talking with Chinese all the time, behind door. China and Vietnam have three territorial disputes, two of them were settled, one left and they both promised to settle it in friendly manner.

    In the end, PH is the loser and still can’t figure out why.

  • opinyonlangpo

    . . . . and don’t forget that it is the Vietnamese that first grab one of the Philippine garrison island in the Spratlys under the nose of the Philippine soldiers helplessly. Strategic alliance at the expense of some dignity, wish the Philippines have it in their vocabulary.

    • DefeatChinazi

      It looks like there are some Hans Chinese who would not like to see PH and VN forge an alliance.  I don’t see any problems with PH allies with VN.  The common enemy is the Hans Chinese who for thousand of years have demonstrated their expansionism / imperialism.  There is a new term for that now.  It is called “Chinazi”.  I think all Asian countries should be united to fight this evil who tries to hide under the coat of “rise in peace”.

      • opinyonlangpo

        Dignity is hard to come by. The Philippines feels proud to beg for others to fight their war. Oh the Filipinos can contribute by talking big and rude and instigate war between neighbours, they are good at name calling too.

      • DefeatChinazi

         Alliance creates strength.  Not weakness.  The United States is a perfect example.  China is a bully in Asia.  Everyone knows about it.  If you are a true PH patriot then you should see this.  The Hans Chinese divide and conquer will not work.  Everyone see through that.

      • opinyonlangpo

        The Philippines should demonstrate strength even in alliance, and its not comparable to your US example. The US leads and most of the time impose its will on its allies, the Philippines can not even get respect from a puppet miser Cambodia from its ASEAN alliance. The US makes its weapons, supplies what its allies deserves such as high tech for Japan or Israel and junk floating bath tub for the Philippines. The Philippines as an ally can not even make its own weapons and can contribute only its corrupted military to an alliance. A PH patriot should see reality and correct the weaknesses, most are just patriot in their dreams and becomes rude and arrogant when one tries to bring them to reality.

      • DefeatChinazi

        I see that you are very anti-American.  And you seem to talk down the Philippines.   I wonder your motivation for that.  You are  hiding under  “getting respect” in your argument.  I think your agenda is to divide US, PH, and VN alliance.  

        If a superpower like the US, gets its power from its alliance, then I don’t see any problem with PH doing the same.  As powerful as Japan, UK, and Germany, they still want to have an alliance.  Ever heard of NATO?

      • opinyonlangpo

        Dreamer. And now you are putting words into my mouth. Like most you talk big comparing Philippines to the US, the last time I checked Philippines sent a delegation to US to beg for help and was bluntly turned down. Oh there are consolations also like excercises. You are deemed to realize that your leaders kicked the behind of your US ally, is that what you mean strength in alliance?

  • turbogirl9

    We dont like vietcon

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