China row tops agenda of Japan minister’s visit

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Japan Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. AFP file photo

Wednesday’s visit of newly appointed Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida gives the Philippines another opportunity to engage Japan in a solution to its territorial row with China, Filipino officials said Tuesday.

Kishida, on his first overseas trip since his appointment by newly elected Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Dec. 26, is scheduled to pay a courtesy call on President Aquino this afternoon.

But the crucial meeting is the one Kishida will have with Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario to discuss bilateral relations, regional issues and foreign policy priorities of the new Japanese leadership, the officials said.

Whether or not the Philippines could involve Japan in its multilateral approach to a solution to the row with China would depend on the outcome of the talks between the two foreign ministers, the officials added.

Malacañang spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the Philippines’ row with China in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) “will be discussed on the ministerial level but not, I suppose, with the President.”

“We will first see what the discussions will be about between the Japanese foreign minister and Secretary Del Rosario,” Lacierda said.

Kishida will be in Manila up to Thursday on an official visit.

At the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit in Cambodia in November, Mr. Aquino underlined the Philippines’ multilateral approach to the row with China and stressed the importance of adopting a Code of Conduct in the disputed sea.

China is claiming sovereignty over nearly all of the West Philippine Sea, which is believed to hold vast amounts of oil and gas under one of the region’s most important fishing grounds and is a vital shipping lane for global trade.

The Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan claim parts of the sea.

China and Japan, on the other hand, are disputing ownership of the islands known as Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China. Taiwan is also laying claim to the territory that lies between China and Japan.

Philippine foreign officials said Kishida’s visit would boost relations between the two countries dating back to July 1956 when diplomatic ties were forged. Japan is one of only two strategic partners of the Philippines and is one of its more important economic partners in terms of trade, investments and development assistance.

“The visit is an opportunity for both countries to advance the Philippines-Japan Strategic Partnership under the new Japanese administration,” said the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in a statement.

Total bilateral trade between the Philippines and Japan was at $12.68 billion (P520 billion) in 2012, much lower than 2011 figure of $15.4 billion (P631 billion), according to the DFA.

Japan has also been a major Philippine partner in terms of people to people exchanges.  The DFA said that more than 219,000 Filipinos live in Japan as temporary migrants as of December 2011, while 17,700 Japanese nationals are registered as Philippine residents as of October 2011. With a report from Tarra Quismundo

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  • truth_will_set_us_free

    The escalating conflict in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) has brought some good learning opportunities for the Philippines—from revisiting the country’s defense policies to introducing the public to a weighty concept called “national security.

  • truth_will_set_us_free

    RED CHINA FEARD JAPAN SO MUCH. THEY CAN NOT FORGET THEIR HUMILIATION IN THE 2ND WORLD WAR FOR THE FEAR THAT THIS COULD HAPPEN AGAIN IN BEIJING THIS TIME.

    • http://twitter.com/lilaclilacx lilac

      humiliation ? China has 6000 years civilization, thousands of wars, knows everything about war.

      war has low and high points, but no end until surrender.

      • laluzcinco

        You. Sir is an idiot, a fool and a lost stupid troll, for having sold your life and soul to serve an ideology whose main goal is the annihilation of human lives.( where only the physically fit survivors become the slaves of the “ELITISTS or The Super Rich ” and where You and I don’t belong ) destruction of properties, destruction of established social orders,destruction of all that is good.Common sense will tell you simply can not defend that is indefensible and Communism is indefensible because it is Pure Evil . Those who are member wittingly or unwittingly take their orders from Lucifer! or Satan    who is the Great Deceiver and Father of Lies.The one you are defending is full of lies,  distortions, disinformations,and deceptions.Tell me Sir what has Communism done to your country,China. Under Mao Tse Tung 70+ million Chinese died during the Cultural Revolution of 1968-1978. And in Russia alone 40+ lives perished under the banner of Communism excluding the ones killed from several European Countries.These are historical facts that can not be denied. To remove all doubts please Google ‘In the Shadow of Hermes’ by Juri Lina. May the True Light Shine Upon You. Pax

      • truth_will_set_us_free

        LILAC, PLS LISTED TO LALUZCINCO, AS I’VE TOLD YOU THE BATTLE IS BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL. THE ENEMY CAME TO KILL, LIES AND DECEIVE, BUT THE ALMITHY WILL FIGHT OUR BATTLES.

      • ofwme2807

         yeah China has more than 6,000 years civilization and yet today still 20 – 30 years behind developed nations’ status…..so backward civilization nothing you can be proud of…

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/OE7JUL3YYAGF5LXJGOT4D2WY6Q Miguel

        you are mongoloid

  • truth_will_set_us_free

    RED CHINA SUFFERED DEFEAT AND HUMILIATION IN THE BORDER WAR WITH VIETNAM IN THE LATE 70S. THIS TIME SHE WILL BE DEFEATED AGAIN IN THE HAND OF AFP.

    • http://twitter.com/lilaclilacx lilac

      not promoting war, but China used 17 days cleared all paths to Hanio.

       China didn’t want an inch of Vietnam, but just teach what peace is about.

      • truth_will_set_us_free

        THE BORDER WAR BETWEEN RED CHINA AND VIETNAM THAT REBUTTED AN ARROGANT AND BULLYING INVADER IN 1978: CHINA. THIS ” TEACH-VIETNAM-A-LESSON ” INTRUSION WHERE 250,000 CHINESE ARMY SUPPOSED TO MARCH THROUGH THE STREET OF HANOI IN 7 DAYS, INSTEAD AFTER 2 MONTHS HAVING TO SETTLE FOR BURNING BORDER TOWN CITIES AND KILLING CIVILIANS, ABANDONED THE INVASION 300 MILES FROM THE TARGET. THIS WAR SHOWED THE TRUE FACE OF A 2 FACES NEIGHBOR, INSTIGATING AND SUPPORTING THE KHMER ROUGE KILLING 1/2 OF ITS POPULATION AND FORCED A BARELY RECOVERED VIETNAM INTO A COSTLY WAR. WHATEVER VIETNAM MAY HAVE OWNED CHINA FOR THE WARTIME HELP; THESE 2 WARS HAVE ERASED ALL DEBTS AND REMINDED VIETNAM TO ALWAYS BE READY TO DEAL WITH CHINA. THE OLD LEADERS ARE GONE, THE NEW LEADERS MAY BE WEAK AND THE COUNTRY IS STILL VERY POOR… BUT THE VIETNAMESE WILL PULL TOGETHER ONCE THE WORD CHINESE INVADER MENTIONED.

      • http://twitter.com/lilaclilacx lilac

         your poor story.

         Vietnam just thanked Russia and China a few days ago for their help in the war.
         did they thank PH ?
        Vietnam are Chinese in the past, their language has characters, their leaders are socialists, they copied everything from China to reform.

        go to Vietnam and look around without even opening mouth you will learn a lot about China and Vietnam. they look the same !

      • ofwme2807

         just like taiwan is china before but now mortal enemies…same chinks but different principles ideology separated the good from the evil…why china cant occupy and invade Taiwan ask the Commie leaders why they are so afraid to touch Taiwan??Taiwanese now despise their own mainlander race…

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/OE7JUL3YYAGF5LXJGOT4D2WY6Q Miguel

        same look like mongoloid all chinese look like mongoloid

    • baluga_ang_tataba_nang_nakaupo

      lol afp where with 2 empty hamilton that was converted to Navy ship from a Coast guard ship

      with 3 naval helicopter and 8 working SAR helicopter to be named sokol lol u idiot philippines cant defeat china in any war senario expt if big bro uncle SAM would join the frey.ang dami m kuda wala k namn ano ang kagamitan nang afp

      • http://twitter.com/lilaclilacx lilac

        “truth_will_set_us_free” is just writing stories, his hobby.

      • truth_will_set_us_free

        THE BATTLE IS BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL. THINK ABOUT THAT.

      • http://twitter.com/lilaclilacx lilac

         there is no battle, that is the truth.

         why would PH lose golden opportunity to develop economy to fight China. Filipinos will just vote idiots out before  any wars.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000405903680 Garo Ungaro

        You may bully/intimidate the small nation right now, but wait when the International communities will supply this small nations in the 9 dash area…then at least there’s a fighting chance….???

      • truth_will_set_us_free

        THE BATTLE IS BETWEEN DAVID AND GOLIATH. REFLECT ON THAT.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000405903680 Garo Ungaro

        Thats one problem with China after stealing west technology…Their bragging about it…all you dis was labor..Then you want international communities to believe is all China…bad business practices…my friend…?

  • truth_will_set_us_free

    WHAT A PITY. PROC IS THE LAUGHING STOCK OF ALL NATIONS BECAUSE OF HER FANTASTIC CLAIM IN THE SPRATLEYS.

    • http://twitter.com/lilaclilacx lilac

       fantastic or not, China claimed it, simple fact.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVZMT2DL4O7S2EHHVV4TUI7KRE Marlon Joseph

        THAT’S NOT A FACT – THAT’S HALLUCINATION. PHILS CLAIM IS A FACTUAL ONE BECAUSE IT IS BASED ON INTERNATIONAL LAWS AND NOT ON OPIUM’S EFFECT. YOU FAGGOTS ARE FOREVER UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF YOUR OPIUM AND YOU WILL LIVE FOEREVER IN HALLUCINATION.

      • ofwme2807

         hahaha agree

  • http://twitter.com/lilaclilacx lilac

    Abe wants to improve relationship with China. Since September, 2012 till he was elected as prime minister, he met Chinese ambassador to Japan several times secretly.

    Abe is creating illusion that he has friends circle China so he can have some cards when talk to Beijing.

    But he already failed to meet Obama. Abe childish thinking is laughable.

    If he wants to change, he has to come to Beijing. He knows it.  

    • truth_will_set_us_free

      DON’T WORRY. IT’S OKEY TO HALLUCINATE. LOL

      • http://twitter.com/lilaclilacx lilac

         I just rebroadcast what broadcast in Japan.

  • http://twitter.com/lilaclilacx lilac

    Fumio Kishida is a reasonable man and he wants to improve tie with China.

    wish him best in his efforts.

    • truth_will_set_us_free

      FUMIO KISHIDA CAME TO THE PHIL TO FORM STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH DEMOCTRATIC AND PEACE LOVING PEOPLE AGAINST THE EVIL RED DRAGON FROM THE EAST.

      • http://twitter.com/lilaclilacx lilac

         really ?
         when you meet him at airport,make sure you wouldn’t pick up a Chinese.

      • truth_will_set_us_free

        CAN YOU SAY, PLEASE. LOL

      • Laury Liu

        Phillipines all talk. The only thing strategic about them is their location. Besides Lilac, you wouldnt want an uneducated troll from Phil to pick u up now would u?

  • Meow Ming

    The Philippines support rearming of Japan

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

    japan is our natural ally

    even during katipunan era
    and before

    isinubo lang tayo
    ng imperyalistang u.s.
    noong ww2

    get surplus defense equipment from japan
    tulad noong reparations

    buti pa japan
    may reparations

    ang imperyalista
    isinubo na nga tayo sa gulo

    niyari pa tayo
    noong sira na tayo

    walang reparations
    sa sinira nilang manila

  • DakuAkongUtin

    Pino Nation is now sleeping with the criminal Japland  who had in time past massacred mllions and millions of Chinese and Pino s during WW 2.  Pinos have a short memory of  how these hentai loving Japos carried out their wanton murders and rampage throughout China , SE Asia and SOuth Asia  using their arisaka rifles, bayonets and samurai s  to  pierce the chest of victims, throw babies in the air and had them land on fixed bayonets, raped and tortured victims and cut the breast of women to show their masochistic superiority.  They did these in public arenas to make a spectacle and exact the maximum fear to the people watching. Also to establish and make known the Japo Superiority in the hearts and minds of people.

    NOw Pinos are eating, dining and drinking wine with these criminal Japos in the bid to fight China. This is so macabre. China is ready to send these wakwak Japos to join their dark heroes enshrined at Yasukini Shrine . TO Pinos, you are in the wrong side of history ,  You dont want to be with these criminal Japos in the day of reckoning.

    • carlbenedict

      Sheshe…pa interpret mo itong sasabihin ko sa yo sa isang MAKAPILI na pinoy….hindi umubra ang hapon sa amin nakailang buwan bago nakapasok sa bataan kahit daan-daang eroplano ang ginamit nila…ganun din kayo.

      Hindi ko nakakalimutan ang pag papasweldo nyo sa tiyo ko ng mababa pa sa basic pay, pero ang pinapirma nyo ay basic pay.  Kayo ang nagturo sa Pinoy kung paano mag smuggle.  Kung paano kayo magpalubog ng pinoy sa utang sa 5/6.  Kayo nagturo ng bribery sa mga pinoy…Kung ano-anong chemical ang nilalagay nyo sa mga productong kinakain namin kumita lamang kayo…mababang sahod at mahabang oras ng trabaho sa hindi makataong environment sa pinas…:) kilala ko kayo kasi MACAU ang lolo ko…lumayas sya sa lugar nya kasi maganda at malakas ang ekonomiya ng Pilipinas nuon…ang gobyerno nyo ang mapanikil…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    THE ILAND SENKAKU IS JAPAN TERRETORY 100 PERCENT LOOK IN GOOLE MAPS!! CHINESE GOVERMENT IS A DOG GREEDY!!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/OE7JUL3YYAGF5LXJGOT4D2WY6Q Miguel

      yah the greedy devil of the earth

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