24 May '11, 7pm

Philippines warns of arms race in South China Sea

Philippines warns of arms race in South China Sea

MANILA: Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Tuesday said he warned the Chinese defence minister of a possible arms race in the region if tensions worsened over disputes in the South China Sea. Aquino said he told visiting Chinese Defence Minister Liang Guanglie in their meeting on Monday that such an arms race could result if there were more encounters in the disputed and potentially oil-rich Spratly islands. "When we have these incidents, does it not promote an arms race happening within the region? And when there is an arms race, does not the potential for conflict increase?" he recalled telling Liang. "Who benefits from that?" he told reporters. Aquino said the poorly-equipped Philippine military was no match for China but recent encounters involving military ships and planes in the Spratlys might force Manila's hand. "We may not have the capabilities now, but that m...

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