14 Jun '11, 10am

Philippine president Aquino asks for help from US over Chinese activities in the South China Sea.

Philippine president Aquino asks for help from US over Chinese activities in the South China Sea.

Philippine's President Benigno Aquino III waves to photographers upon arrival at Halim Perdanakusumah airport in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, May 6, 2011. -- PHOTO: AP MANILA - PHILIPPINE President Benigno Aquino said on Tuesday the country needed help from longtime ally the United States in its increasingly tense dispute with China over rival claims in the South China Sea. 'Of course they (China) are a superpower, they have more than 10 times our population. We do not want any hostilities to break out,' Mr Aquino told reporters when asked about recent Chinese actions in the disputed waters. 'Perhaps the presence of our treaty partners, the United States of America, ensures that all of us will have freedom of navigation (and) will conform to international law.' Mr Aquino's comments came after the US ambassador to the Philippines, Harry Thomas, said on Tuesday that the Unite...

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