03 Sep '11, 1pm

Philippines hopes sea dispute with China will ease - Channel News Asia

Philippines hopes sea dispute with China will ease - Channel News Asia

MANILA: The Philippines hopes a territorial dispute over the South China Sea will ease after President Benigno Aquino's trip to China, the nation's military chief said Saturday. But Manila will continue to build its naval patrol capability, General Eduardo Oban said, adding that he expects the Philippine navy to acquire a second Hamilton-class cutter from the United States next year. The broad hope is that the dispute with China and other claimants over supposedly oil and gas-rich areas of the sea will simmer down following Aquino's August 30 to September 3 state visit, he told reporters. "That would probably be translated into such an eventuality," Oban said. Aquino and his host President Hu Jintao issued a joint statement Thursday stressing their commitment to a peaceful dialogue to address the sea dispute. Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam also claim parts of the Sou...

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