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Philippine-US navies unite amid China tensions
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Puerto Princesa, Philippines (AFP) June 28, 2011

The Philippines and the United States will launch naval exercises on Tuesday as the long-time allies seek to deepen defence ties amid tensions with China over a maritime dispute.

The 11-day event will see two US missile destroyers patrol Philippine waters close to the resource-rich and strategically vital South China Sea that is at the heart of the regional territorial row.

However the Philippines and the United States have emphasised the annual event is aimed at long-term co-operation, and not linked to recent unease in Manila about allegedly aggressive Chinese actions in the South China Sea.

"The US and Philippine navies have a long history of working together, and exercises like (these) provide a great venue for us to hone our skills," US commander for the exercises, Captain David Welch said, in a press release.

Nevertheless the exercises are being seen in Manila as a timely show of unity between the Philippines and its former colonial ruler.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino this month called for US help in containing China's South China Sea ambitions, saying his country was too weak to stand up to the Chinese alone.

Aquino made his plea to the United States after accusing China of inciting at least seven recent incidents in the disputed waters, including one in which a Chinese vessel allegedly opened fire on Filipino fishermen.

Aquino also accused China of breaking international law by entering the Philippines' 200-nautical-mile economic exclusion zone.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week offered the Philippines' some comfort, pledging that the superpower ally would help to modernise the cash-strapped Philippine military.

"We are determined and committed to supporting the defence of the Philippines," US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

No specifics were immediately announced but Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario later said the US government had vowed to boost the Philippines' intelligence capabilities in the South China Sea.

China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan have overlapping claims to parts of South China Sea, which is believed to have vast deposits of oil and gas.

Vietnam has made similar complaints as the Philippines in recent months, prompting concerns that China is becoming a regional bully as its economic and military strength grows.

In response, China has insisted it intends to resolve the territorial dispute peacefully but remains firm in its claims to most of the South China Sea, even waters within the Philippines' 200-nautical-mile exclusion zone.

The Philippine-US exercises officially begin at 3:00pm (0700 GMT) on Tuesday with an opening ceremony on Palawan island, the narrow island that divides the South China Sea to the west and the Sulu Sea in the east.

The exercises, called Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT), will take place in the Sulu Sea.

About 800 US sailors will be involved in CARAT, as well as the two guided missile destroyers and a salvage ship.

Highlighting the disparity between the allies' military capabilities, the Philippine navy said it would deploy two World War II-era vessels armed only with cannons for CARAT.

About 300 Philippine sailors will take part, according to navy spokesman Lieutenant Noel Cadigal.

The United States is scheduled to stage similar exercises with Vietnam next month, although it has insisted they too are unrelated to the South China Sea tensions.

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US Senate deplores China action in South China Sea
Washington (AFP) June 27, 2011 - The US Senate on Monday unanimously approved a resolution that "deplores the use of force" by Chinese vessels in territorial disputes in the strategic and resource-rich South China Sea.

Tensions there have escalated in recent weeks, with the Philippines and Vietnam alarmed at what they say are increasingly aggressive actions by Beijing in disputed waters.

The symbolic resolution "deplores the use of force by naval and maritime security vessels from China in the South China Sea" and urges a "multilateral, peaceful process to resolve these disputes."

China has in the past rejected calls for multilateral talks on the South China Sea disputes, insisting on one-on-one contacts with other claimants.

The senate measure also "supports the continuation of operations by the United States Armed Forces in support of freedom of navigation rights in international waters and air space in the South China Sea."

Lawmakers reaffirmed "strong support" for the "peaceful resolution" of maritime territorial disputes there and urges all party to the feuds to "refrain from threatening force or using force to assert territorial claims."

Several recent incidents have put the security spotlight on the South China Sea, a strategic and potentially oil-rich area where China has sometimes overlapping disputes with Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan.

Recently, Vietnam carried out live-fire drills and the Philippines ordered the deployment of its naval flagship after accusing China of aggressive actions.

The United States on Saturday called for China to lower tensions through dialogue as they held talks on frictions in Southeast Asia.

Senior US official Kurt Campbell said he assured China during the talks in Hawaii that the United States welcomed a strong role for Beijing, which has warned Washington against involvement in the intensifying disputes.

"We want tensions to subside. We have a strong interest in the maintenance in peace and stability, and we are seeking a dialogue among all of the key players," said Campbell, assistant secretary of state of East Asian and Pacific affairs.

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