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Malacañang ‘Concerned’ Over Chinese Bombers In Paracel Islands – Presidential Spox

Xian H-6K bomber, a license-built version of the Soviet Tupelov Tu-16 twin engine jet bomber. GLOBAL TIMES

MANILA, May 25, 2018–Malacañang Palace has expressed “serious concern” over the presence of Chinese-capable bombers in the hotly-contested Paracel islands, said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in a press briefing on May 21.

“We [the Palace] view it with serious concerns anew on its impact in constructive effort to maintain peace and stability in the region,” he explained. ​
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Roque said the Chairman’s Statement at the 32nd ASEAN Summit 2018
​ “reiterates the importance of non-militarization and self-restraint in the conduct of activities that would further complicate the situation in the West Philippine Sea.”

‘Mutual trust’

The Philippines reaffirms the need to enhance mutual trust and confidence, Roque said, and avoid actions that would escalate tensions and peaceful resolutions of disputes in accordance with international law.

“Gaya ng sinabi ng Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), hindi naman po lahat ng issue sa foreign relation ay nag-iingay tayo,” he added.

WPS disputes will be discussed through the Bilateral Consultative Mechanism (BCM), he added.

BCM is a semi-annual meeting between Philippine and Chinese government officials to discuss maritime issues. The first BCM was held in May 2017, while the second meeting was done in February 2018.

Roque said the next bilateral meeting will happen around June 2018.

Nuclear-capable bombers

In a Twitter post dated May 18, Chinese state-owned newspaper People’s Daily reported that plane bombers and a nuclear-capable H-6K aircraft have landed “on an island reef in the southern sea area.”

Monitoring center Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) on May 18 said the bombers have landed and taken off in Woody Island of the Paracel archipelago, which is also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan. (Joel Cristobal/LuzonTimes)

MANILA – Malacañang Palace has expressed “serious concern” over the presence of Chinese-capable bombers in the hotly-contested Paracel islands, said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in a press briefing on May 21.

“We [the Palace] view it with serious concerns anew on its impact in constructive effort to maintain peace and stability in the region,” he explained. ​
.
Roque said the Chairman’s Statement at the 32nd ASEAN Summit 2018
​ “reiterates the importance of non-militarization and self-restraint in the conduct of activities that would further complicate the situation in the West Philippine Sea.”

‘Mutual trust’

The Philippines reaffirms the need to enhance mutual trust and confidence, Roque said, and avoid actions that would escalate tensions and peaceful resolutions of disputes in accordance with international law.

“Gaya ng sinabi ng Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), hindi naman po lahat ng issue sa foreign relation ay nag-iingay tayo,” he added.

WPS disputes will be discussed through the Bilateral Consultative Mechanism (BCM), he added.

BCM is a semi-annual meeting between Philippine and Chinese government officials to discuss maritime issues. The first BCM was held in May 2017, while the second meeting was done in February 2018.

Roque said the next bilateral meeting will happen around June 2018.

Nuclear-capable bombers

In a Twitter post dated May 18, Chinese state-owned newspaper People’s Daily reported that plane bombers and a nuclear-capable H-6K aircraft have landed “on an island reef in the southern sea area.”

Monitoring center Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) on May 18 said the bombers have landed and taken off in Woody Island of the Paracel archipelago, which is also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan. (Joel Cristobal/LuzonTimes)

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