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PH, Japan adopt common position on maritime rows

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, delivers his response during a joint press conference with President Benigno Aquino III Saturday at Malacañan Palace in Manila. AP

MANILA, Philippines—President Benigno Aquino III and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday pledged a common stance against maritime aggression in Asia as both countries confront China in separate territorial disputes.

Following a meeting with Aquino in Malacañang, Abe announced that Japan will provide a concessional loan to build 10 patrol boats for the Philippine Coast Guard.

The Philippines has already received two coast guard ships from the United States as it seeks to build a deterrent naval force after China took control of a disputed shoal off the northwestern Philippines last year, and more recently, established a presence farther south in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

China’s assertiveness to lay claim to most of the West Philippine Sea after decades of relative calm has alarmed Manila, which has turned to the United Nations to seek international arbitration. Beijing has indicated it won’t cooperate.

The visit by the Japanese prime minister, who gained a fresh mandate as his party won a landslide victory in last week’s elections, was welcomed by Aquino as proof of the two nations’ strategic partnership.

“We reviewed the security challenges that confront our nations and pledged to cooperate in advancing our common advocacy for responsible action from international players,” said Aquino, reading from a prepared statement following the talks at the Palace.

“We believe that can be done by upholding the rule of law in international affairs, and by finding just and peaceful solutions to our territorial disputes and maritime concerns—so that we may create a secure and stable environment that leads to our collective progress,” said the President.

In line with this, the two leaders agreed to strengthen “maritime cooperation, which is a pillar of our strategic partnership,” according to Aquino.

Japan will deliver later this year the “multi-role response vessels” for the PCG and provide communication systems for coast patrol.

“At the core of our strategic partnership are mutual respect, good will, and a determination to see each other prosper. As neighboring nations, we believe that the growth of our peoples will redound to the further development of our region. On this note, I thank the Prime Minister and the people of Japan for their continuous support of the peace process in Mindanao,” said Aquino.

Abe, for his part, read a prepared statement describing the Philippines as a “strategic partner which whom we share fundamental values and many strategic interests.”

Abe said that a key element of Japan’s efforts to revive its economy and promote regional peace and security lies in closer relations with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Asean includes the Philippines and Vietnam, both of which have disputes with China in the West Philippine Sea.

The meeting in Manila, which is the last leg of Abe’s three-day visit to Southeast Asian capitals, came after Japan scrambled jets on Wednesday to keep watch on a Chinese Y-8 early warning plane flying over international waters between Japan’s southern Okinawa island and an outer island relatively close to the disputed area in the East China Sea.

The Chinese Defense Ministry issued a statement defending the right of its aircraft to operate in the area.

Around the same time the Chinese fighter jet was sighted, Japan’s coast guard reported the appearance of four Chinese coast guard vessels near the disputed islands called Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China.

On Friday, China said that ships from its newly formed coast guard confronted Japanese patrol vessels and “sternly declared” China’s sovereignty over the islands.

The uninhabited archipelago is controlled by Tokyo but also claimed by Beijing.

Chinese coast guard ships have also been spotted this week at Mischief Reef (Panganiban Reef) off the western Philippine coast, according to a confidential Philippine government report obtained by The Associated Press. China occupied the vast reef in 1995, sparking protests from rival claimant Manila. With a report from Associated Press


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  • BIGButo

    It’s good that the Japanese and Filipino’s are getting along so well

    • Fred Cua

      Mag hahappy mamayang gabi si Noynoy at Abe sa Jupiter Street sa Makati.

  • DGuardian

    Welcome to the Philippines, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe!

  • joboni96

    ang japan ang angkop na ka alyansa
    hindi ang imperyalistang u.s.

    para kontrahin ang intsik switik sea grab at
    hindi tayo i recolonize ng imperyalistang u.s.

    maraming pinatay na pilipino
    ang imperyalistang u.s. 1898-1945

    more surplus japanese maritime equipment
    and patrol aircraft

    • Crazy_horse101010

      you still crying about america child japan doest care and america defaeated and what does 1945 have to do with america it was japan on 1945. i think you have severe mental problems son were you around in 1945 american basher and whats funny is you are kissing up to japan. look up paranoia in the dictionary your picture is there

      • joboni96

        praning pa ring
        cia call center agent

      • BIGButo

        Looser

      • joboni96

        no utak pa rin

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Tagtag mong ulo mo at puno na ng etats mo..Umaalingasaw na, eh!!

      • joboni96

        talo pikon
        lost the argument

        ponyeta level up
        cia call center agent

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Dehins to napipikon, ogags! Talagang utak-bangaw ka lang kaya magandang katalo! Gags na gags, iisa lang ang sagot “cia call agent”. Tulad ng mga chinky 50c trolls dito,ba’t pag mga maka-komunista parang nahagilap lang sa poso-negro tulad mo? Mali na naman ang gamit sa “lost”! Tontong ipis!!
        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, ulul!!

      • joboni96

        pikon naaa
        ang cia call center agent

        hehehe
        talo naaa

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Ayan bumalik na sa bago mag-kinder!! Hangang diyan lang ang sagot ng sinto-sintong kampon ni Joma! Pati-tagalog, di mapawasto.. Di ko napansin grabe pala ang toyo!
        HAHAHAHAHAHAHA….Dementia na ‘yan (kung me utak pa)!!!

      • joboni96

        tumutulo na laway mo ponyeta

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Basahin mo nga ang mga sagot mo! Yung taga Animal Control, sisiluin ka nyan dahil ang susunod, mangangagat ka na!! Sorry di ko alam na ibinuntis ka sa puwit kaya pala sira!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA, MORON!!

      • joboni96

        ponyeta gaya gaya
        si tulo laway

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Naku, hindi ata nakatapos kahit kinder kaya napakalimitado ng IQ. O baka naman mongoloid lang kaya ka ganyan!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA..OGAGS!!

      • BIGButo

        Crazy communist educated utak

      • joboni96

        hehehe buti na crazy may gamot
        no utak hopeless

    • BIGButo

      Crazy talk from an anti American communist educated leftist. Please read a real history book not the communist history book
      Communist intsik

      • joboni96

        nano utak

        kaya nadali nsa
        sa tulad mong mga cia call center agent

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Anong gusto mo, sumigaw na ang dapat na presidente ng Pinas ay si Joma Sison? Siguro nabahiran ka ng laway ni Mao kaya ka ganyan!!

      • joboni96

        loose the argument
        use the old red commie argument

        ponyeta level up
        cia call center agent

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Una, bakit ko luluwagan ang argument (loose?). Ang nasa utak mo, pag pro-Pilipino, anti-U.S. dapat, pag kumontra, cia call center agent. Puro etats ang nasa ulo mo, hunghang, pati englis mo mali-mali. Bakit wala kayong taong lumalabas sa eleksyon? Wala na ang sloganeering ninyo, di na yan mabili at bilasa na!! Punta ka sa North Korea at samahan mo si Kim Jung On sa krusada ninyo!!
        HAHAHAHAHAHAHA….UGOK!!

      • joboni96

        ang pro pilipino
        walang pakialam kung kontra sa iba

        importante interes ng pilipino
        di matanto ng kolonisadong utak mo iyan

        pikon naaa ang cia call center agent
        hehehe talo naaa

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Naku, nagkalat pa ng prinsipyo niyang galing sa turo ni Valentin delos Santos ng Lapiang Malaya. Kaya tuloy kinakapos na dahil pinaghalo na ang iba-ibang modelo niya. Naubusan ka ng englis, ano? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA….UGOK!!!

      • joboni96

        hehe
        ponyeta nag research ang talo

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Ikaw atang nagsariling humuhusga, kaya akala mo, panalo ka. Bayaan mo papuntahin ko nag lang ang mga taga Animal Control para busalan ka!! Bumubula na atang bibig mo!!!
        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA..BUGOK!!

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Tama naman pala ang sabing “loose”…maluwag ang turnilyo mo sa ulo!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA….TONTO!!!

      • BIGButo

        Why don’t you get out of the Philippines and go live in North Korea dumb communist loving fool.

      • joboni96

        pro pilipinos live in ph
        collaborators like you get kicked out

      • BIGButo

        crazy utak you have mental illness

      • joboni96

        buti na crazy may gamot
        no utak hopeless

      • BIGButo

        your not pro Filipino you are pro communist leftist utak

      • joboni96

        hehehe
        no utak understand

  • BIGButo

    Sick communist mind intsik

  • BIGButo

    Why don’t you get out of the Philippines and go live in North Korea dumb communist loving fool.

  • Rejenal Pang

    If Japanese really support Philippines than why most of their investments or factory is in Thailand but not Philippines.with all this years have they been friendly to U or what.
    This is what the Japanese said before.We are not among those third world Asian country

    • BIGButo

      Because of the wide corruption in the Philippines. That’s why the factories are in Thailand

    • Rejenal Pang

      no is the position of the country and the stability of the government
      but the main reason is the attitude and how friendly of the people

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Cripes, can’t you 50c trolls hire better English teachers? I cringe at the way you murder the english language! You guys just fished out of the sewers in Beijing??

      • ynigooctaviano

        REjenal Pang chit Ni hao ang

  • Rejenal Pang

    to be honest this is what the American want the Chinese to do
    and this is what they think about the Chinese new coast guard

    The newcoastguard is a ”positive development”, said Susan L. Shirk, a former deputy
    assistant secretary of state. Vessels belonging to the fisheries law
    enforcement agency have been particularly aggressive in the South China Sea in
    the past few years, and this kind of behaviour may be modified under the new
    structure, she said.

    ”It’sgood for China’s neighbours and the United States, because we know who is
    responsible and who we can hold responsible,” Ms Shirk said. ”As they develop
    a sense of professionalism in accordance with international law, it should make
    for lower risk of accidents.”
    It is to stop the Philippines barbaric to shoot innocent people like the Taiwanese fisherman

  • 33Sam

    NOW THIS MAKES SENSE. ALIGN WITH JAPAN BECAUSE WHEN WW3 COMES JAPAN WILL BE TARGETED BUT WILL FIGHT TO THE END. MAY AS WELL JOIN THEM, BETTER THAN THE U.S.

    AFTER THEY GOT THEIR A$$ KICKED BY THE GLOBALISTS WITH FUKUSHIMA, JAPAN NEEDS MORE ALLIES IN THE REGION.



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