Philippine brass up in arms on the South China Sea

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Filipino military chief Delfin Lorenzana is again at odds with his government’s softly-softly approach to China’s maritime ambitions

Under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s chairmanship of Asean in 2017, the regional bloc maintained that the situation in the South China Sea was generally stable, meaning there was no need for confrontation or criticism of China’s activities, though Vietnam lobbied for a firmer collective response.

The Duterte administration insisted that the disputes are best resolved among claimant countries on a bilateral basis, discouraging intervention by external actors and the broader international community. Asean members the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei all have competing claims with China in the area.

http://www.atimes.com/article/philippine-brass-arms-south-china-sea/

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