ROILO GOLEZ, Philippine National Security Adviser (2001-2004). The world and the Philippines as Roilo Golez sees it. With focus on national security, geopolitics, geo-security, economics, science and government.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Philippines-China war games likely – DND
Golez; War games between the Philippine military and Chinese military? China has not stopped claiming around 90% of the West Philippine Sea through their aggressive nine-dash line. China has seized, is now occupying and is blockading sizable parts of our Exclusive Economic Zone (Mischief Reef, Ayungin Shoal, RectoBank and the seas around Scarborough Shoal). We therefore have a potential conflict with China and that conflict could become hostile necessitating the use of force by China as it has already done so by blockading Scarborough Shoal. Conducting war games with them would expose the innards of our equipment, tactics, communications and doctrine. I know that China's snooping ability enables them to know a lot of the aforementioned vital information. But Mr. Secretary of National Defense and our Commander in Chief, why make it easier for a potential territorial enemy?
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – War games between the Philippines and China are possible, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said yesterday as President Duterte started his visit to Beijing amid a maritime dispute between the Philippines and China.
During the send-off ceremony for President Duterte at the Bandar Seri Begawan Airport, Lorenzana said the war games between Filipino troops and Chinese military could not be expected to take place immediately as there are many things to comply with before these could be mutually agreed upon.
Lorenzana also said the possible war games would not be tackled during the President’s four-day state visit in Beijing. “It could be discussed at another time or another meeting in the future.”
“There are no ramifications if ever there are really efforts to hold joint military exercises with China,” he added.
Duterte ended yesterday his three-day state visit in Brunei Darussalam and was on his way to Beijing for a four-day state visit.
Duterte earlier said that he is open to joint military exercises with China and Russia.