Chinese ships have left Panatag Shoal—Gazmin

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MANILA, Philippines—Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin confirmed on Friday that Chinese surveillance vessels left Panatag Shoal late last month due to bad weather in that part of the West Philippine Sea.

“As far as the last air patrol we conducted, they (Chinese ships) were no longer in Panatag Shoal. There was inclement weather there,” Gazmin told reporters.

Gazmin said the last air patrol was carried out on June 27.

Asked what the Philippines would do to protect Scarborough Shoal, another name for the shoal, from China, Gazmin replied: “I can’t discuss that with you.”

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  • oldsong23

    They cannot discuss…because there is no plan…what the govt just doing was monitoring and observing…and they are just happy seeing the Chinese ships leave..tapos ipapamalita pa nila sa dyaryo. (akala nila nakapuntos na sila dito, tsk tsk tsk ) ambabaw ng kaligayahan nyo ! ….I tell you…this Chinese ship will come back and what the govt will do is just watch,,,,same story…

  • Batman

    The question is if PH government can send AT LEAST fisheries (BFAR) boats to Panatag.

    No naval or floating military assets.

  • Penny Lane

    Latest from India’s Hindustantimes July 5, 2013

    India and China are set to expand their defence ties beginning with a joint army exercise in October in China after a gap of six years, defence minister AK Antony said. Antony, who had back-to-back meetings with Premier Li Keqiang and defence minister, Chang Wanquan on Friday, said the new leadership wants to expand its relationship with India.

    Antony avoided questions on the recent Chinese incursion in Depsang or the comments made by a People’s Liberation Army general on Thursday that India should stop provoking China and stirring up trouble at the border.

    The two countries are expected to issue a joint communique on defence on Saturday that will detail the plans for cooperation between two countries.

    Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif received a red carpet welcome from Keqiang on his arrival at the Great Hall of the People. There was a 19-gun salute to herald the arrival of Sharif. Sharif told his Chinese counterpart their countries’ relationship
    was “sweeter than honey”.

  • Penny Lane

    India Hindustantimes reports on July 6, 2013

    China, India agree to step up border peace efforts

    The Chinese and Indian defence minsters agreed on Saturday to strengthen “peace and tranquility” along their frontier, state media reported, as the countries work to keep tensions in a disputed border area in check.”The ministers emphasised the importance of enhancing mutual related stories.

    Antony wants India’s closer military ties with China. India, China keen to expand defence ties trust and understanding between the two militaries,” General Chang Wanquan of China and AK Antony of India said in a joint statement carried by the official Xinhua news agency.

    “They reviewed the working of agreements and protocols dealing with the maintenance of peace and tranquility and directed that it be further strengthened.”

    Antony has been on a high-profile visit to China since late Thursday, the first by an Indian defence minister in seven years. The trip comes after the countries, which fought a brief war in 1962, engaged in a stand-off in May over troop movements in a disputed Himalayan border region. The two sides also agreed to wrap up negotiations for a proposed accord on border defence cooperation, according to the statement.

    “Visits of border troop delegations would be enhanced to promote dialogue and strengthen trust and cooperation,” the statement said.

    The two sides will also increase the number and locations of meetings of personnel at their border, it said.

    The statement came after Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told Antony on Friday that the countries have the political will to solve border issues, state television reported.

    New Delhi alleged Chinese troops intruded nearly 20 kilometres (12 miles) into Indian-claimed territory, triggering three weeks of tension that was resolved after talks between local military leaders, and a withdrawal of troops from both sides.

    Antony’s trip is the latest in a recent series of high-level mutual visits aimed at cooling tensions.

    Li, visiting New Delhi in May, pledged to build trust with India, declaring that ties between the Asian giants were key to world peace.

    He made India the first destination on his first foreign visit since China’s leadership change in March. He said the choice showed the importance Beijing attached to ties with New Delhi.

    The two countries, both nuclear armed and with populations exceeding one billion people each, cooperate economically as members of the so-called BRICS emerging group along with Brazil, Russia and South Africa.

    Last month, India’s National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon held negotiations on the boundary issue with his counterparts in Beijing.

    According to the joint statement, the two sides will also increase ship visits by their navies and high-level visits by their air forces.

    Also Saturday, Antony and Yang Jiechi, a top Chinese foreign policy official, held talks and said both countries should work together to ensure peace along the border, Xinhua reported.

    Yang, a member of the State Council, or cabinet, is an influential figure in diplomatic policy who served until March as foreign minister.

    Yang told Antony that both sides should make efforts to preserve peace and tranquility in their border areas, the report said.

    Antony echoed Yang, saying India was
    willing to work with China towards such a purpose, Xinhua said.

  • Crazy_horse101010

    to stupid to even comment on

  • vendetta07

    are you Jesus? that doesn’t sound like a Jesus thing to say

  • md’c™

    hi hi, You still read that cµnt’s comments. I brush them all off and filtered all their usernames. they are filipino commies living in our land for free. they are savages.

  • Crazy_horse101010

    i read them because they make me laugh. its amazing what stupid thing he will come up with next. i know he lives here but loves taiwan

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