by Charissa M. Luci
The Chinese Ministry of National Defense (MND) wishes to “move forward” on its military ties with the Philippines.
Colonel Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense (MND) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), expressed hope that the military-to-military relationship between China and Philippines would be further developed and strengthened. He made the statements during a press briefing at the Ministry on October 27, 2016.
Responding to the Chinese Ministry of Defense’s pronouncement, Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. clarified that “we do not have military alliance with China,” adding that “forging military alliance with China is not in the Philippine government’s radar.”
Colonel Wu Qian said: “If you want me to make comments on the recent China-Philippines military-to-military relationship, I’d like to say that the relationship seemed to be going nowhere, but we expect to find a way forward,” he said during the press briefing.
Wu noted that “the healthy and stable development of the military-to-military relationship between China and the Philippines is in accord with the fundamental interests of the people of the two countries, and are conducive to regional peace and stability.”
He said that the Chinese military took note of the “consensus” reached between President Xi Jinping and President Duterte when the latter visited Beijing last month.
“The armed forces of the two countries will earnestly implement the important consensuses reached between President Xi Jinping and President Duterte, remove obstacles, manage disputes, accumulate mutual trust and strengthen exchanges and cooperation, so as to make positive contributions to the development of bilateral relations,” Wu said.
Reaffirming his earlier statement, Secretary Yasay said: “Military alliance is something that is not being thought of. We have not discussed it with China at this point.”
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