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Academia: United States igniting the Conflict between Philippines and China (4)

By Ander Vltchek  (People's Daily Online)

11:33, May 08, 2012

Professor Roland G Simbulan (People's Daily Online/Ander Vltchek)

Inquirer News reported on April 29, 2012:

"The Crow Valley maneuvers, held on April 26, involved live-fire air and ground maneuvers and should have been open to media coverage as in past exercises. When the Scarborough standoff happened, they (US Forces) suddenly became very cautious about how media was going to play up those stories.Ingat na ingat sila ('They were very careful') and they wanted to forgo some of the activities."

The reason for such abrupt caution appears to be clear: China is getting increasingly concerned, even irritated as the United States and other Western countries are getting heavily involved in the Spratly Islands (known as the Nansha Islands in China) dispute. Such involvement could be easily interpreted as provocation, and many leading Philippine thinkers do not shy away from calling it exactly that.

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