Korea denies China pressure on jets sale to PH


President Aquino shakes hands with his South Korean counterpart Park Geun-hye during their meeting at the presidential house in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. South Korea has denied a news report that China had pressured Seoul not to sell fighter jets to the Philippines amid a territorial dispute between Beijing and Manila, the South Korean state news agency Yonhap reported on Monday, Oct. 21. AP PHOTO/AHN YOUNG-JOON, POOL

MANILA, Philippines—South Korea has denied a news report that China had pressured Seoul not to sell fighter jets to the Philippines amid a territorial dispute between Beijing and Manila, the South Korean state news agency Yonhap reported on Monday.

“I have checked this and was told that it is not true and there was no official request from China, or something like that,” Yonhap quoted an unnamed presidential official as saying. The official declined to elaborate.

Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported on Saturday, citing unidentified Seoul officials, that China had made the demand ahead of last week’s summit between South Korean President Park Geun-hye and President Aquino, but that Seoul rejected it.

The demand appears to be aimed at isolating the Philippines, which has been at odds with China over a territorial row in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea to the Philippine government), the Yomiuri Shimbun said.

South Korea and the Philippines have been in negotiations for the latter to purchase 12 Korean-made FA-50 fighter jets to boost the Philippines’ defense capabilities. During last week’s summit, the two countries also signed a memorandum of understanding calling for greater defense cooperation.

According to the Yomiuri Shimbun report, Seoul had rejected the Chinese demand, saying it cannot accept “interference” in arms exports, an issue of national interest.

In their meeting, Park thanked Aquino for the Philippines’ decision to buy the FA-50 jets and urged a speedy signing of the contract, the Japanese paper said.

Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez, a spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday said: “We don’t have any information about the alleged pressure being exerted by China on the Republic of Korea.”

Meanwhile, a report in a Seoul-based newspaper, The Choisunilbo, on Monday said that while the Korean government has officially denied the Yomiuri report, officials privately admit it.

The paper quoted a Korean government official as saying that the sale of the fighter jets to the Philippines would push through.

“The Philippines is engaged in a territorial dispute with China over the Spratly Islands, and that appears to be why Beijing protested several times through the Chinese Embassy and other channels,” the official was quoted as saying.

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  • Anton Bautista

    Notice how Korea says that China never made any ***OFFICIAL*** request to stop Korea from selling Jets to the Philippines? What about **UNOFFICIALLY***?

    • zdrx

      that’s the point…diplomatically.

  • Boorath

    Read “Shattered Trident” by Larry Bond, a fictional thriller/novel where China invades and occupies Spratly islands and South China Sea waters. This forces S. Korea, Vietnam, India, Japan and Taiwan to form an alliance to counter Chinese aggression. Saling pusa ang Pilipinas.

  • Eaton111

    I am sure the Chinese will claim it is the Americans who are conspiring to contain China, not Chinese stupidity that is forcing everyone together.

  • scorpion

    just wondring how long is the pinoys pilot training to fly this fa50? Pinoy should consider buying drones too.

  • stealth ice

    The most cost efficient hardware to counter china’s hegemony in the Spratly is to load explosive in a several pumpboats and run it over to Chinese rusty ships.

  • pugadlawin

    PInoy, please support first the soldiers stationed at the Spratlys. Their living conditions are lamentable while your KKK and government officials are swimming in pork funds.

  • crazy_horse_101010

    oh another backstabbing traitor has entered the forum no one cares what you say go back to eating your pagpag and baby fetus comrade. then move to your beloved motherland

  • Punyëtero»Ka

    OrangBaboy on the center stage, will urge you to try his favorite fetus & rotting pig meat siopao he dearly loves! Clap, clap, clap, clap!!

  • MarcoAgustin

    crazy horse, wag ka ng magalit …eto lang ang pambugaw sa mga tsekwang nang-aapi – Chao Chee Bye! Kannina!!!! Go back to China! …paki-kalat na lang sa mga patriotic posters.

  • crazy_horse_101010

    sorry misunderstood you take care

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