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Academia: United States igniting the Conflict between Philippines and China (3)

By Ander Vltchek  (People's Daily Online)

11:33, May 08, 2012

Legendary profs Ed and Tesa Tadem and me needing beard trim and haircut copy (People's Daily Online/Ander Vltchek)

Of course in the Philippines, theBalikatan is highly controversial, arguably unconstitutional and unpopular. In the past, there were no denials that the exercises were actually taking place. Both the US and Philippine armed forces had been issuing upbeat statements and press releases were widely available. As always it was all done in the name of democracy and freedom and other run off the mill allegories.

In 2012 everything changed: the media, international and domestic, was suddenly banned from attending several key maneuvers. The authoritiesof both countries imposed a strict media blackout on ‘major live-fire exercises between the Philippines and United States military’.

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