PH, China to Strengthen Defense Relations

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PH, China to Strengthen Defense Relations


By Francis Wakefield

The Republic of the Philippines and the People's Republic of China have agreed to strengthen their defense and military-to-military relations by increasing bilateral security engagements in the coming months.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana met with his Chinese counterpart, General Chang Wanquan, at the Department of National Defense (DND) headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, to discuss and explore avenues wherein the two countries can improve defense and military relations.

"Riding on the improvement of our defense relations, it is only proper for us to move forward," Lorenzana said.

The bilateral meeting between Lorenzana and General Chang centered on several key areas.

First was the enhancement of cooperation in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism, especially in intelligence sharing, joint counterterrorism exercises, and other specialized training.

Both Defense chiefs underscored the need for countries to cooperate in order to eradicate the evils of terrorism which they considered a "common enemy."

Lorenzana thanked China for its support in the Marawi operations, stating that its earlier donation of rifles and ammunition "helped a lot in our fight against the terrorists in Marawi". …

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