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PH to assert sea rights through friendly talks with China
« on: July 23, 2018, 10:49:32 AM »
PH to assert sea rights through friendly talks with China
By: Gabriel Pabico Lalu - Reporter / @GabrielLaluINQ INQUIRER.net / 05:49 PM July 22, 2018

Malacañang Palace insists that a peaceful dialogue with China will solve issues in the West Philippine Sea, after the results of a recent survey showed that most Filipinos would want to regain control of disputed islands in the area.

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A survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations showed that an overwhelming number of people would prefer the government to take action on the Chinese militarization in the region and eventually retake the islands.

However, Roque said that Duterte administration had chosen to differ with the previous administration’s moves in dealing with the issue.

“Having seen how the confrontational approach of the previous administration only spurred greater militarization, we have shifted to a conciliatory tack and friendly dialogue with China,” Roque said.

According to Malacañang, the government will use a “bilateral consultation mechanism (BCM) to resolve issues”, as the government beefs up its military assets and its “capability to monitor and defend our maritime interests.”

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During the term of President Rodrigo Duterte, complaints have so far been minimal and fishermen themselves attested that they can now fish in the region.

However, they also said that the Chinese authorities are still in control of Scarborough Shoal. /atm



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