31 Mar '11, 10pm

American support for Philippines over China executions #US #politics #Philippines #ASEAN

WASHINGTON - THE United States on Thursday voiced support for the Philippines after China executed three Filipinos on drug charges in defiance of repeated appeals. 'I believe that this is something that we will want to support our Filipino friends on,' Mr Kurt Campbell, the assistant secretary of state for East Asia, told Congress. He said he would speak with Philippine officials in coming days. The Philippines had pressed for China to spare the lives of the three. In December, President Benigno Aquino said the Philippines skipped the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony for Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo in hopes of persuading Beijing. 'It's fairly unusual in Asia when a government makes a very, almost personal, appeal at the very highest levels,' Mr Campbell said. 'I think you know how strongly the Philippines government and President Aquino's own cabinet felt about this issue. To b...

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