among topics in Philippine-Japan bilateral talks
MANILA, Nov. 19 (PNA) -- The Philippines and Japan are expected to
finalize its military partnership when President Benigno Aquino III and
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet Thursday night here.
"We will see how the two parties will continue on that discussion," said
Yasuhisa Kawamura, Press Secretary Spokesperson for Prime Minster Abe, in a
Kawamura said the Philippines and Japan were strong partners in sharing the
fundamental value of democracy.
He explained that through the strategic partnership, both countries were
able to promote partnership in several areas like the economy, military and
"Based on those achievements and conditions, the President and the Prime
Minister will meet tonight and discuss the current stance of the partnership
and collaboration," he said.
However, Kawamura stressed that equipment aid would not be given to help the
Philippines in its sea row with China.
He said that Japan's stance on the issue was that the problem concerned the
region and the international community.
He said arguments should have legal basis, that no force should be used to
settle dispute and that peaceful resolution should be ensured.
"With all those three principles we could create an international order of
the ocean," he said. (PNA)