The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) sees nothing wrong with the live-fire drills conducted by the Chinese naval forces – as long as it does not enter the country’s 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone. This was stressed by AFP spokesperson Col. Restituto Padilla Wednesday.
The Chinese naval forces conducted “live firing drills” in a bid to improve its naval combat capabilities. Around 100 Chinese vessels, scores of military aircraft, and missile battalions took part. The military of China earlier said it will conduct training in waters near eastern Hainan Island which is near the disputed Paracel Islands in South China Sea.
“It’s the right of any sovereign nation to conduct any kind of exercises that they think are relevant to their own security interest,” he added.
And when asked if this is a form of muscle-flexing by China, Padilla made this reply: “Any kind of military exercise is always subject to the interpretation of an outsider, so an outsider who is bias[ed] against that country can initiate negative comments but from our perspective that is being their right.”