The Philippine Department of Defense said the peaceful settlement of the Huangyan Island incident does not consider the use of force against the
China news agency Manila,
, April 30 (Reporter Zhang Ming) Philippines Department of Defense on the 30th had continued for three weeks Huangyan Island standoff position, claiming that the hope for a peaceful solution will not be considered armed confrontation.
April 10, on the morning of 12 Chinese fishing boats operating in the Huangyan Island lagoon, a Philippine warship interfere with Philippine warship was an attempt to snatch the Chinese fishermen to be stuck in the lagoon were to two ocean surveillance ship to stop, causing the ship confrontation of both sides. Jarvis, a spokesman for the Philippine Department of Defense, on the 30th, said the Philippine government will continue to maintain strict restraint “, and efforts to ease the situation.
Jarvis said that the Philippine Department of Defense and other government departments hope to the peaceful settlement of the events of the Huangyan Island, and still find effective solutions through dialogue with the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines “remain optimistic”.
Jarvis claims, the possibility of armed confrontation of the Philippine side has excluded from consideration, “in addition to the peaceful resolution of this issue, we do not want any other thing.”
He also stressed that the Philippine side will be “extreme restraint” everything must contribute to the achievement of peaceful settlement of the Huangyan Island Event ().
Philippine President Corazon Aquino, 29, has publicly said that at this stage China will not take military action, because the use of military force will not benefit any party. He has instructed the Philippine military will not escalate. Aquino to the stand answering reporters’ questions on the 30th, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin, said China attaches importance to the Philippine side to the position of the escalation. Hope the Philippine side to match words with deeds, and to take practical measures to stop the practice to create disturbances in the field, so that Huangyan Island waters to restore peace and tranquility. “The Chinese side insisted resolved through diplomatic channels and to quell the situation remains unchanged. The Philippine side should return to a diplomatic solution to the correct track.” (End)