MANILA, Philippines – President Aquino believes US Secretary of State John Kerry’s pronouncements and those of officials of other countries on China’s air defense identification zone would reduce tension in the disputed areas.
Speaking to reporters after an event in Malacañang yesterday, Aquino said the pronouncements would be helpful.
“I suppose it is good that America said that – very categorical and very clear,” he said.
“It’s not only America… South Korea also, Japan and other countries. Everybody wants to have stability in the region and stability is necessary for prosperity. And one would like to think that all countries are after the prosperity of their peoples.
“…That shows the countries that have embarked on what seemed to be adding to the tension to perhaps pause and think, and perhaps bring them closer to having something towards reducing the tensions.”
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