PH’s rejection of military exercises shows futility of inflaming tensions—China’s foreign minister
BEIJING — The Philippines’ decision not to participate in joint military exercises in the South China Sea has shown attempts of countries outside the region to stir up trouble and create tensions in the area are against the will of countries in the region, Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Wednesday.
Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday said the Philippines would not join navies of other countries, including the United States, in maritime drills in the South China Sea for fear of raising tensions in the area, Philippine media outlet Inquirer reported.
Such remarks again reflected the independent diplomacy pursued by the Philippines, and also reflect the common aspirations of regional countries to seek peace and promote development, Wang said at a daily news conference.
China and Asean members are focusing on the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recovery, he said, adding what they need is solidarity, cooperation, peace and stability.
China has the confidence to work with countries in the region to overcome the challenge of the pandemic, maintain the good momentum of regional development and safeguard the common welfare of the peoples in the region, he said.
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