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Liang Guanglie meets with Philippine counterpart

(China Military Online)

08:21, May 31, 2012

 Liang Guanglie, state councilor and minister of national defense of the People's Republic of China, met by request with Voltaire Gazmin, secretary of the Philippine Department of National Defense who was attending the ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting (ADMM) in Cambodia, on May 28, 2012 in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia. The two sides exchanged views on bilateral relations and issues of common concern.

  Liang Guanglie said that China and the Philippines are close neighbors across the sea. The Chinese side attaches great importance to the relations between the two countries and the two militaries and has taken various positive measures to promote them.

  Liang Guanglie pointed out that the Huangyan Island is an inherent part of China, which is beyond all dispute. The Huangyan Island incident was entirely caused by the fact that a Philippine warship has harassed Chinese fishermen by force in the waters of the Huangyan Island. The series of practices adopted by the Philippine side following the incident have complicated the tension. The Chinese side demands that the Philippine side should earnestly respect China's sovereignty instead of taking actions that may further complicate and escalate the situation.

  Liang Guanglie hoped that the Philippine defense department and military set store by the overall interests, keep calm, exercise self-restraint, speak and act cautiously and take concrete actions to maintain regional peace and stability.

  Gazmin thanked Liang Guanglie for meeting with him and exchanged views on sensitive issues confronting the two countries. Gazmin said that it is hoped that the defense departments of the two countries will continue to keep contact with each other to promote peaceful and reasonable resolution to the sensitive issues while the foreign affairs departments of both sides are dealing with the relevant sensitive issues.


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