03 Sep '11, 1pm

Philippines hopes sea dispute with China should ease [StraitsTimes Asia]

MANILA (AFP) - 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 on 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 Mr Aquino's Aug 30 to Sept 3 state visit, he told reporters. 'That would probably be translated into such an eventuality,' Gen Oban said.

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