Aquino, Abe vow common stand vs China


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 to pursue a common stance against maritime aggression in the Asian region amid their growing territorial disputes with China.

“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 Mr. Aquino, reading from a prepared statement following his meeting with Abe.

The Philippines has an ongoing maritime dispute with China in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), while Japan is locked in a sovereignty row over the islands called Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China.

In their statements, however, neither President Aquino nor Abe mentioned China by name.

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

He thanked Japan for building 10 “multi-role response vessels” for the Philippine Coast Guard and providing communication systems for coast patrol through a yen credit facility.

Strategic interests

Abe, reading from his own prepared statement, described the Philippines as a “strategic partner with whom we share fundamental values and many strategic interests.”

He said he intended to attach particular importance to Japan’s relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), adding that he had conveyed this to President Aquino.

He announced the four initiatives of Japanese diplomacy in the Philippines which cover economic matters (including cooperation in transportation infrastructure in Metro Manila), maritime cooperation, the Mindanao peace process, and people-to-people exchanges by increasing the number of scheduled flights between the two countries.

He then announced the provision of a newly created standby loan credit for disaster response amounting to 10 billion yen.

As a gift, Abe presented Mr. Aquino with a digital topographic map of Mindanao to “strengthen assistance” for the Mindanao peace process.

“In order to benefit future economic development, we have created a very accurate and leading-edge topographical mapping of Mindanao,” said Abe.

The existing maps of Mindanao were based on 50- to 60-year-old data, posing numerous challenges for developmental programs and projects in the region. The map presented to Mr. Aquino was a print copy of a multifunctional digital map, which is a product of an electronic compilation of data on topography, vegetation, hydrology and infrastructure.

Mr. Aquino thanked the Japanese government for its decision to encourage more Filipino tourists to visit Japan by allowing multiple entry visas and the expansion of the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth program.

He thanked the prime minister for Japan’s commitment to Philippine development, and for extending assistance in critical areas such as infrastructure development, transportation, connectivity, and disaster preparedness and response.

He also welcomed Japanese technical assistance in developing a transport roadmap study for Metro Manila and surrounding areas and helping improve Philippine aviation safety standards.

“The relationship between Japan and Asean serves as a cornerstone of harmony and dialogue in our part of the world,” said Mr. Aquino.

Aside from security concerns in the West Philippine Sea and the East China Sea, the two leaders also talked about actively pursuing strategies for growth, noting the resurgence in the two nations’ economies.

They agreed to strengthen bilateral policy dialogues and to continue high-level visits and people-to-people exchanges.

Also, under the Japan Bangsamoro Initiatives for Reconstruction and Development, or J-BIRD, the amount of assistance to Mindanao has reached P6.6 billion.

Mr. Aquino said J-BIRD was vital to the socioeconomic development of the Bangsamoro area.

Japan is the Philippines’ top trading partner, top source of official development assistance, and one of its largest sources of foreign direct investment and foreign tourists.

Japan is also the Philippines’ top trading partner in 2012, with total bilateral trade amounting to $16.35 billion.

Japan remains the country’s largest source of development assistance and second largest source of approved investments.

In 2012, two-way trade reached $16.33 billion, while approved investments from Japan hit P69.04 billion.

Japan is also the Philippines’ third largest source of tourists—412,474 Japanese nationals visited the country in 2012.

Third visit to PH

This is the third time Abe has visited the country.

His last visit was in 2006, during his first term as prime minister.

His daylong official visit began with a wreath-laying ceremony at Rizal Park in Manila after which he motored to Malacañang, where he was accorded traditional arrival honors for a visiting head of government.

Both leaders briefly met in the Music Room before presiding over an expanded bilateral meeting attended by Ambassador to Japan Manuel Lopez, 12 Japanese officials and their 10 counterparts in the Aquino Cabinet.

Following the reading of the individual press statements, Mr. Aquino hosted an official luncheon in honor of Abe and his entourage.

Among the guests at the banquet were Vice President Jejomar Binay, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Senate President Franklin Drilon, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Senators Loren Legarda, Bam Aquino, Ralph Recto, Cynthia Villar and Sonny Angara, and former Sen. Edgardo Angara.

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  • Fred Cua

    Japan war crimes, Japan imperialism, rape of nanking, etc etc…all of these commited by old Japan, thats why they were heavily punished. China is bound to repeat the same mistake.

    • Hugo.

      and modern japanese minister and former prime minister aso taro has just made a suggestion to learn from nazi germany to silenty amend the japanese constitution.

      and modern japan still worships war deads of past aggressive wars.

      china is not to repeat japan’s past but to prevent japan from repeating its past.

      • $14141131

        So in order for China to prevent Japan from repeating its past, it intrudes and claims all the islands and islets in Southeast Asia, Spratlys, Panatag shoals, Vietnams islands, and those that belong to Brunei, Malaysia, and other countries in Southeast Asia including the Senkaku Islands of Japan. This is asinine reasoning.

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Are you still amazed they use asinine logic? Read the posts of Hugo in this discussion, that confirms your assessment similar to mine too! Had to cuss them continously to pound it into their heads. Cheers!

      • .Hugo

        feel free to flirt with your past colonial master. china has been fighting japanese expansionists for so long that we will not have any illusion with japan.

        islands in the south china sea belongs to china, and even your colonial master has returned it to chian after ww2.

        the diaoyu islands have been china and were wrongly given to japan after ww2.

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        I can do follow-ups too. So murtson is your bed partner, & you are trying to defend a fellow syoke, but no hope using logic on you as you are programmed to believe the shet you’re fed. So will just advice you to let him take a leak in your mouth to reduce your halitosis, shiitbrain!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

      • .Hugo

        I can see you constantly running out of valid arguments rather and have to resort to low form verbal bashing, I don’t blame you for that as the Philippine claim is groundless to start with anyway.

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Still trying for brownie points from your handler? Why noit take him with you on that flying fock! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

      • .Hugo

        that’s why china is only treating the japanese threat seriously and the philippine one insignificant, as we are only facing a bunch of thugs with very shallow arguments. and when these thugs run out of excuses, all they can do is verbal bashing.

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        FOCK OFF HUGO!!

      • .Hugo

        another live example, never going to change, haha….

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Attempting to throw a wrench into the discussion with your lies again comrade? Hey retrieve your dead in Korea specially those who died due to exposure trying to block the USMC evacuating from Hungnam. We brough our men, equipment & even our dead out, unlike you who just left your rabble who was so ill-equipped to cope. My uncle who was there said there were more chink who froze to death than he or his unit personally killed. You don’t value life which you consider as a disposable item!!

      • .Hugo

        lies? have you not followed the news of your darling japan (aka another of your colonial masters which you are flirting with now)?

        and please keep your 1950 mindset, that will help your country to progress into the 1960 standard, haha….

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        No reasoning with a troll like you who believes too much in your own propaganda. Go ask your mother & sister noted in Phootang Inamo district where you live how they were able to have such stinky poosies & you came out with a stinky halitosis-breath that is now the hallmark of your friggin’ family! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

      • .Hugo

        so you just try to avoid facing truth, let’s see from cnn:

        said by Japan deputy prime minister aso taro about amending the Japanese constitution:

        “Germany’s Weimar Constitution was changed into the Nazi Constitution before anyone knew,” he said in comments widely reported by the Japanese media. “It was changed before anyone else noticed. Why don’t we learn from that method?”

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Quote CNN & other none-chinese sources only when it serves your purpose? No answers about your stinky origins & stinky mouths? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

      • .Hugo

        i can quote from the two most resourceful language groups that are of my advantages, which outclass you by miles. so please don’t further disgrace yourself and make a joke of yourself.

        your research skill is really among the worst that i have seen so far. have you graduated from high school yet?????

  • superpilipinas

    Great news. Now let’s get India and Vietnam into the alliance to push back this bully.

  • boybakal

    Aquino, Abe vow common stand vs China….

    Common stand, Why not….both are Mekeni Abe

  • $14141131

    Of course, the greed and bullying of China will get due and proper reaction from those affected. These will not last long. India just waiting for the opportunity to join.

    • .Hugo

      india has no ground and no muscle to join.

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        UP YOURS HUGO!!

  • Punyëtero»Ka

    If you read my exhanges with Hugo, a 50c Party troll who I think is a higher-up, please access info from Wikipedia and google:
    50 Cent Party
    & Golden Shield Project
    So Filipinos specially are made aware & not get disheartened by their comments/replies which really are their goal. Be aware, these trolls could change user names but the purpose is always the same if you read the wiki entries.

  • Punyëtero»Ka

    Again just to warn you, this fockhead 50c party troll Hugo has a new angle. They get paid per post & will try to snare you into an exchange so he can get more for his per post payment. I didn’t get it until he tried baiting just to keep me replying to him. Told him to fock off & take it where the sun doesn’t shine, up his arse!

    • .Hugo

      i make much more money than 50c per post. from how you behaved i am starting to believe you are actually a troll instead.

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Still baiting? Just like a starving focker! Your unit will soon get wise & slam you. If you need more money & since you consider yourself so learned & wise, be part of the negotiators as you don’t have any power to change things, nor I for that matter.. Now take that flying fock to your leader’s arse!! From now on, all you get are up yours, Hugo the trying-hard troll!

      • .Hugo

        it is the philippines which has no power to change a single thing in the regional politics, and must flirt with its past colonial masters for some tiny charities.

        as far as i can see, actually you are baiting to make a living. making 50c a post is too slow for me, but that may suit you very well.

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