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[ 383 words|2017.8.17|英字 (English) ]

Cayetano downplays reported presence of Chinese ships in Pag-Asa Island

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano downplayed a reported presence of Chinese Navy and Coast Guard ships near the Pag-Asa Island.

Instead, Cayetano said Filipinos should learn to develop “mutual trust” with China in the same way it trusts the United States, a longtime ally.

Pag-Asa is the largest island occupied by the Philippines in the Spratly group of islands in the West Philippine Sea, and is part of Kalayaan town in Palawan.

“The presence of ships alone does not mean anything. I mean, for example, let me ask Cong. (Rep. Gary) Alejano (of Magdalo Partylist), why were we not concerned about the US conducting freedom of navigation (in the West Philippine Sea)? Their ships are so huge. Why? Because they (Americans) are (our) allies,” he told a press conference at the House of Representatives.

Cayetano addressed reporters before attending a closed-door hearing of the House special committee on West Philippine Sea chaired by Rep. Feliciano Belmonte Jr. the former speaker.

Cayetano lamented that most people “keep looking at China as the enemy and (that) every time they have a movement, we react too much.”

“If we start developing mutual trust with them, we (just) pick up and phone, call them (and ask) why do you have so many ships there?” said Cayetano.

On Monday night, Alejano revealed there is a “suspicious massing up” of Chinese Navy and Coast Guard and maritime militias north of Pag-asa Island which he said is a “threat to our interest in West Philippine Sea.”

Alejano, a Marine captain, said his military sources told him that China deployed two frigates, one Coast Guard vessel, and two large fishing vessels with their maritime militia just one to three nautical miles north of Pag-asa Island.

Cayetano said while he appreciates Alejano’s gesture, he added that lawmakers should still be reminded that “there's a thin line between informing us and stirring up the situation.”

Cayetano said he is in touch with Chinese counterparts and the Philippines can still “complain” to China without formally filing diplomatic protests.

“In the past it's our strategy to confront China every opportunity we have and diplomatic protest is one of the instruments we use. That's not our strategy anymore. Our strategy now is to have peace, stability and dialogue and so far it's working,” he said. DMS