Statement of the Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines
2023-02-02 18:58

Peace and development are the theme of the day. China always holds that defense and security cooperation between countries should be conducive to regional peace and stability, not target against any third party, even less to harm the interests of a third party. The United States, out of its self interests and zero-sum game mentality, continues to step up military posture in this region. Its actions escalate regional tension and undermine regional peace and stability. During his visit, U.S. Secretary of Defense smeared China on the issue of South China Sea to advance the anti-China political agenda of the US. Such moves contradict the common aspiration of regional countries to seek peace, cooperation and development, and run counter to the common aspiration of the Filipino people to pursue sound economic recovery and a better life in cooperation with China. It is hoped that the Philippine side stays vigilant and resists from being taken advantage of and dragged into trouble waters. 

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