U.S. and Philippines forces on Monday opened 12 days of military exercises amid growing maritime tensions with China. Commanders from the two sides launched the drills with a formal ceremony in Manila, where the Philippine chief of staff, Jessie Dellosa, warned vaguely of the threat posed by "certain international issues." Dellosa did not identify the threats, but last week Chinese vessels had blocked a Philippine warship from arresting the crews of several Chinese fishing boats in the South China Sea.The Philippines accused the Chinese boats of fishing illegally in Philippine waters. However the fishermen were able to return home with their catches.
More than 6,000 U.S. and Philippine personnel are involved in the latest exercise, which will focus on disaster response and humanitarian actions but also involve some maritime combat maneuvers. Part of the exercise will take place near the southwestern island of Palawan, facing disputed areas of the South China Sea. Despite the recent standoff, U.S. Brigadier General Frederick Padilla insisted the exercises are not aimed at any single country. The United States last year announced plans to build up its military engagement with Asian countries in what was widely interpreted as a response to China's rising military power and aggressive territorial claims.
2012-04-17 18:42 编辑：crystal156
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