FOREIGN Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. yesterday clarified the Philippines has no intention of forging a military alliance with China or any other country.
Yasay’s comment was sought after Colonel Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense (MND) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) commented on China-Philippines military to military relationship.
He said the Philippines is simply pursuing a much closer relationship with the Chinese “without any intention of getting into military alliances with anyone.”
“We do not have any military alliance with China. We do not have any military alliance with other countries other than the United States. We are pursuing simply a much closer relations with the Chinese without any intention of getting into military alliances with anyone for that matter,” Yasay said.
He explained “What we’re trying to foster is some kind of a security arrangement to make sure there will be freedom of navigation, there will be mutual response in terms of any rescue or distress needs or calls coming from fishermen caught up in a storm or natural calamity.”
The DFA chief said the Philippines wants to make sure there’s exchange of information on intercepting illegal drugs using the sea route including piracy but military alliance is not being thought of.
“We have not discussed that (military alliance) with China at this point,” Yasay added.