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Academia: United States igniting the Conflict between Philippines and China (5)

By Ander Vltchek  (People's Daily Online)

11:33, May 08, 2012

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"I certainly hope that this issue will eventually mellow down", saidRoland G. Simbulan, Senior Fellow and Professor in Development Studies and Public Management at the University of the Philippines, as we were driving through Metro Manila, searching for the remnants of the US colonial rule for my film:

"Frankly speaking, those Spratly Islands are not so significant to us. What's happening is that our political elites are clearly encouraged by the US to provoke China, and there is also big influence of the US military on our armed forces. I would say that the Philippine military is very vulnerable to such type of 'encouragement'. So the US is constantly nurturing those confrontational attitudes. But to continue with this type of approach could be disastrous to our country. Essentially we are very close to China, geographically and otherwise."

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