29 Apr '12, 11am

President Aquino dismisses talk of decisive military action by China as rhetoric.

President Aquino dismisses talk of decisive military action by China as rhetoric.

Protesters display placards during a protest to demand the Chinese government to pull out immediately from the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal during a rally in front of the Chinese consular office in Makati's financial district of Manila Apr 20, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS MANILA (AFP) - The Philippines sought to play down simmering tensions with China on Sunday, saying Beijing was unlikely to resort to military action to resolve their maritime dispute in the South China Sea. President Benigno Aquino dismissed as pure rhetoric recent warnings by Chinese officials of decisive action against the Philippines to reinforce Beijing's claim over the Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. 'We don't think that at this stage they (China) will engage in any military activities,' Mr Aquino told reporters. 'And we... have been geared towards de-escalating the situation.' He said both count...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/SEAsia/Story/STI...

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