PH, Japan hold ‘frank discussions’ on sea disputes

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Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines and Japan on Thursday had “very frank discussions” on the territorial disputes in regional seas without specifically mentioning China, which has been aggressively asserting its claim to islands that are within both countries’ territories.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and visiting Japanese Minister Ichita Yamamoto discussed the territorial disputes at the Department of National Defense (DND) in Camp Aguinaldo.

Yamamoto, the state minister for Okinawa and affairs related to Japan’s northern territories, is the third Japanese official to visit the Philippines in the last three months.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came to visit and met with President Aquino in July and Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera was in Manila in June.

In a statement, the defense department said Yamamoto’s visit was “aimed to further reiterate Japan’s position and views under the administration of Prime Minister Abe on regional security issues, especially [in] the East China Sea.”

Gazmin and Yamamoto “acknowledged [that] the common concerns of the Philippines and Japan are issues related to maritime security,” the statement said.

Arbitration

It said Gazmin stressed the need for all parties, whether in the East China Sea or in the West Philippine Sea, to exercise strategic restraint.

Gazmin reiterated that the Philippines would continue to deal with the West Philippine Sea dispute through arbitral proceedings under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos).

Yamamoto supported the Philippines’ position and “stressed that Japan likewise adheres to the resolution of disputes through international law” and peaceful resolution, adding that Japan also “engages with other concerned countries to ensure regional peace and stability.”

Yamamoto, who also met with Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, said in a press briefing that he and Gazmin “had a discussion on territorial issues and ocean policies.”

“In my meeting with the foreign secretary and the defense secretary, I clearly and precisely explained Japan’s position on Senkaku Islands. Please allow me to refrain from the details (of) the discussion we had because we had a very frank discussion,”

Yamamoto told reporters following his meeting with Gazmin.

Gazmin did not join Yamamoto in the press briefing, as he had to attend a security cluster meeting in Malacañang reportedly to discuss the latest development in Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) where the military had monitored the presence of three Chinese coast guard vessels.

The Navy had seen 75 concrete blocks within a 2-hectare area in the shoal, which the defense department said could be a prelude to the construction of more permanent structures there.

Two top security officials described the presence of the concrete blocks as an “effective occupation” of Panatag Shoal.

While he declined to give details pertinent to the Philippines’ and Japan’s national security, Yamamoto said he and Gazmin agreed that “any country should not try to change the status quo unilaterally by force.”

 

Rule of law

“The establishment of the rule of law is very, very important and also we agreed that both countries should cooperate with each other, to continue to send strong messages to the international community,” Yamamoto said.

Yamamoto, a seasoned Japanese diplomat, refrained from answering questions about the proposed increased rotations of American forces in the Philippines.

“I would like to refrain from making detailed comments, because I understand that is an issue that the government of the Philippines has been working on. However, both the foreign secretary and the defense secretary mentioned the importance of cooperation between the Philippines and the United States in the fields of national security,” Yamamoto said.

Deterrence

“The basic policy of the Abe administration is that the American presence is very important to Japan in terms of the deterrence that it provides,” he added.

Yamamoto’s three-day trip to the Philippines included a visit to Clark Air Base in Pampanga province and Subic Naval Base in Zambales province to see how the Philippines converted the two former US military bases into viable commercial zones.

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  • opinyonlangpo

    Alone, imperial Japan conquered and occupied the Far East decades ago.This time around, Japan has allies. It will be a nightmare for some if Japan decides to do it again.

  • delpillar

    3 days ago, Japan started preparing to have a built-in facility for Advanced-Patriot PAC-3 Missile batteries in MIYAKO-JIMA (about 100km from SENKAKUS). According to press release, this is for defensive action against possible NK Ballistic Missile.

    Well, the radar and PAC-3 missile will be closer soon to SENKAKU.

    The RADAR facilities of Japan is:
    http:// jsw DOT newpacificinstitute DOT org/?p=4011
    ———————————

    2013年9月3日 09時55分

     【東京】防衛省は2日、北朝鮮のミサイル発射などに備えた地対空誘導弾パトリオット(PAC3)の一
    時的な配備先を新たに検討するため、宮古島市の平良港トゥリバー地区と下崎埠頭(ふとう)、大嶽城址公園の3カ所の測量調査をすると発表した。工事に入る
    航空自衛隊宮古島分屯基地内に展開できなくなることを受けたもので、調査期間は9~11日まで。

     防衛省は昨年4月と12月、北朝鮮の事実上のミサイル発射の際、同基地にそれぞれ10日~2週間程度PAC3を配備。2017年度末までの同基地の工事期間中、PAC3が基地内に配備できないため、同省が選んだ3候補地を測量し、周辺の建物の有無などを確認する。

     複数の候補地が展開先として位置付けられる可能性もあるが、配備先は実際に配備する必要性が生じたときに決めるという。

    • hello stupids

      they want to protect themselves from the N Korean ballistic missiles and I don’t see they can intercept the multiply warhead from China

      but what it got to do with the Philippines

      • crazy_horse_101010

        you mean the warheads that china stole from america 40 years ago little out dated arent they

      • hello stupids

        it was Snowden stole your warhead not China and they might locate in Syria right now to welcoming U
        hahahahaha

      • crazy_horse_101010

        at least snowden didnt make 5 postings with lies insulting and slandering my wife he was a better person than that

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        What’s for Kim is for pang & tso’s country too! does your missile recite the multiplication table too? HAHAHAHAHAHA!!

  • generaltso

    anyone who thinks Japan is China’s enemy, who is enemy of Japan;

    anyone who thinks US is China’s enemy, who is enemy of US;

    anyone who thinks PH is China’s enemy, who is enemy of PH;

    anyone who thinks India is China’s enemy, who is enemy of India;

    ….

    anyone who thinks everyone is China’s enemy, who is enemy of everyone;

    • SaintJames2011

      Huh? What? Where? Who? Dame-dame!

    • Punyëtero»Ka

      Whew, that’s one garbled chinklish there tso. I don’t think anybody has an idea of what you posted! Take a deep breath, arsefock rejenal gain & maybe something legible will come out! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!

  • delpillar

    Japan Coast Guard will be receiving an additional 128 Million US Dollar budget from national government, the lion share of it will go to Okinawa and MIYAKO-JIMA for 10 (brand-new) ships (1,000-ton class) for the Japan Coast Guard Sentry Mission and Duty to the SENKAKUS. Most of the 1,000-ton class patrol ships will have helicopters in it.

    海上保安庁は27日、沖縄県・尖閣諸島をめぐる情勢の緊迫化に備え、巡視船の新造や改修費用として、2014年度予算の概算要求で128億円を計上した。耐用年数を超えた各地の老朽船と入れ替え、中国側が船を増強した場合、最新鋭の巡視船で対処する狙い。

     海保は15年度に尖閣警備の「専従チーム」完成を目指して整備しているが、一方で中国は海上パトロー
    ル部門「中国海警局」を新設、大型船の建造を進めているとされる。専従チームだけで対処できない事態に備え、500~千トン級の巡視船10隻の新造やヘリ
    コプターを搭載できる2隻を改修して各管区に配備するなど応援態勢を強化する。(共同通信)

    • hello stupids

      This got nothing to do with the Philippines even they said will sell U some old one
      by the way they just upgrade their ships because they are not matching chinese one
      but hello this is politics
      and is not easy to pass the Japanese congress….hahahahaha

      • delpillar

        The Dry-Dock and Ship Building facility that will make the 10 ships for the Philippine Coast Guard is also the same facility that will make 10 ships for the Japan COast Guard.

        The ships that will be built are 500-ton to 1,000-ton class (40meters to 90meters class)

      • hello stupids

        hello they are only buildind 2 new one and upgrading the other one got nothing to do with the Philippines…..hahahaha

        they never mention Philippines at all

        besides that how U go to pay for that

      • delpillar

        フィリピン訪問中の安倍晋三首相は27日、同国大統領府でアキノ大統領と会談した。首相は巡視艇10隻の供与を表明した。政府開発援助(ODA)の円借款を活用し、海上警備能力の向上を促す。同国と南シナ海のスカボロー礁の領有権を争う中国をけん制する狙い。災害復旧に特化した円借款の融資枠を設ける考えも打ち出した。

         首相は会談後の大統領との共同記者会見で「日本にとって基本的価値観と多くの戦略的利益を共有する戦略的パートナーとの関係を強化する」と
        語った。対フィリピン外交で「4つのイニシアチブ」を提唱。(1)インフラや投資環境を整える経済分野での協力(2)海洋分野での協力(3)ミンダナオ和
        平プロセス支援の強化(4)人的交流の促進――の4分野で構想を示した。

         巡視艇の供与は首相の「地球儀を俯瞰(ふかん)するような戦略的外交」の一環だ。海洋進出を強める中国に対する懸念や自由、民主主義などの価値観を共有する国々と中国包囲網を築く。

         フィリピンは12の管区を設けて海上を警備しているが、外洋まで警備できる35メートル級の巡視艇は4隻しか稼働していないという。日本が供与する10隻を合わせれば、管区ごとに1隻は配備できる。2014年から3年程度かけて供与する。

         各管区で外洋に出た巡視艇と順次情報をやりとりできるよう、通信システムの向上も支援する。海洋分野では、共同訓練を視野に入れた防衛当局
        や海上保安機関どうしの協力を推進することを確認した。船舶事故が多い内航海運の安全規制を強化するため、日本から専門家を送り込むことも提案したとみら
        れる。

      • hello stupids

        what about if he is not the Japanese prime minister next terms
        and also it will not start until next year .. I am not sure can he pass the congress besides that this is the old news
        hahahaha

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        There is no Japanese congress, dickhed! The rest of your chinklish as usual is moronic, you idiot. Spare everyone from your unfathomable meaning! HAHAHAHA!!

      • crazy_horse_101010

        you have to excuse him he is slill trying to find the ancient cities in peru built by there japanese.

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Did you notice Pang keeps using U instead of “you”? Must be the imprint of a horseshoe on his forehead as he always gets kicked in the head by you.
        Regards, bro!!

      • crazy_horse_101010

        sadly it doesnt work there is nothing up there to damage. crazy dazzy waits until late and then attacks me it even tries to give dates of things i said but i looked them up and there was nothing there. now it says she has the right to threaten and slander me because of freedom of speech im glad she admits that she does slander me. the moron is getting nuttier every day anyway you take care friend

  • generaltso

    delpillar, Kuso kurae.

    • delpillar

      你他妈的

      • generaltso

        Damare Konoyarou!

      • delpillar

        No you shut up, bakayaro

      • generaltso

        Jiguko e ike kono ama!

      • delpillar

        hoy supot na maraming kupal, marunong ka bang mag-Tagalog. S u c k your ow n dic k na puno ng kupal…. tang na mo.

      • generaltso

        hentai yaro.

        If you are not a Japanese, don’t behave like one.

      • delpillar

        I have triple citizenship…. Filipino, Japanese and American.
        You fight any of these three countries and you will be fighting with me.

      • generaltso

        ya, I see. you have Filipino head, American belly and Japanese legs.

      • delpillar

        you have a stinky kupal

      • generaltso

        you need to wash your mouth.

      • delpillar

        you need to wash you d i c k. Remove kupal twice a day.

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        That kupal is where radish is grown, that’s why they too stink when dried in the sun! Tso is just plain stupid & the soulmate of rejenal pang aka hello_stupids (he thinks his keyboard is a phone)! Cheers amigo!

      • crazy_horse_101010

        and i see you have the brain of a tapeworm and im insulting the tapeworm

      • hello stupids

        American will not allow triple citizenship not even two
        hahaha

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Lying again, focking retard! Israelis, Filipinos & others allowed. Brazen lie will not do, research it, you moron!! HAHAHAHAHHA!!

      • hello stupids

        Claims of other countries on dual national
        U.S. citizens may conflict with U.S. law,

        and Japanese citizenship ?even all those Korean born in Japan will not get it

        focking retard!research it, you moron!! HAHAHAHAHHA!!

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Not Jap, motherfocker. There’s tons of dual U.S. Citizens! But I think you really don’t know being a retarded buffon! Ask the nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate! And stop copy-pasting even my swearing at you! You’re even more obviously retarded when you do it, just slapping your own ugly mug! HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA!!!

      • hello stupids

        U can keep both but if the American find out they will take away your citizenship that is the law hahahahaha

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        I see that U again where crazy_horse kicked your face! A natural-born American can never have citizenship nor one who was naturalized be taken away. I was born there, so obvious that you base your knowledge of U.S. laws on gossips since not only are your a retard moron, you’re a f@ggot as well!! HAHAHAHAHA!!

      • hello stupids

        talk to the embassy not me …hahahaha

        sure they can if U surrender your citizenship

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        You can’t?? Did they find out you were not human at all & didn’t understand & got confused with your chinklish? File a protest thru your pig relatives for pork discrimination, hurry!!! HAHAHAHAHA!!

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Besides, you have no inkling of U.S. laws as your chinklish won’t even get you through Immigration if ever you try going there! Whatta fockhead! HAHAHAHAHA!!

      • hello stupids

        雑種の

  • LabkoPinas

    I am glad to hear that our Japanese allies are joining us, Filipinos, in our grave concern for the actions of a newly enriched China and who is now behaving like the big Bully in Southeast Asia. The communist government in China is being placed on notice that their selfish actions will only lead to their early demise.

  • rgf_md

    This is the much awaited consequence for shooing away the Americans from their largest base outside US and compounded by the neglect of past administrations to modernized our AFP. It was not the Pinatubo but the Senate at that time who drove away the Americans. Now we are BEGGING for their help. Now we suffer the humiliation. Tama ang dakdak, kung bibili ng makabagong armas bumili na sa lalong madaling panahon. Panatag Shoal is OURS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ConcernedCitizenPh

    It seems the Philippine gov’s recent position on the US bases sent a message of weakness and lack of trust. The allies are beside us because we called on them. We should be thankful for their positive response and for accepting us as a member of the alliance although we are not militarily equipped enough to be a part of the alliance.

  • SaintJames2011

    Deterrence

    “The basic policy of the Abe administration is that the American presence is very important to Japan in terms of the deterrence that it provides,” he added.

    Above statement says it all! Philippines needs to learn from Japan and approve the base access plan already. Philippines should be glad U.S. is asking for 20 years not 2 years.

  • gerp

    does anyone from us knows what’s worth fighting for? is this really worth dying for?…actually our country is walking in a broken glass and no one seemed to fix it starting from our leaders… better the entire citenry to start purging first…beginning with all the politicians (active and inactive/ former or current) including their relatives and next of kin… then that is the time, we can stand on a clean road…and fighting is worth dying for? no matter what… chinese canton, I can eat that in 2 minutes…easy…ang mahirap lang ay tapusin ang mga kurap na pulitiko…malay mo binebenta pa nila mga isla natin….let us braise up…end the corruption… after we win this battle…there is nothing we can be lose…because we are free.

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