After China released its 4-minute 16-second new military recruitment video saying the Chinese military is “prepared for war” and will never yield even the tiniest bit of China’s resources, the Philippine government says it is determined in solving disputes through arbitration and by abiding international laws. “We will continue resolutely on this path, not only to protect our national interests, but also to promote regional and global peace, stability and prosperity,” the Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
“On the recent Chinese recruitment video, the Philippines reiterates its full commitment to the peaceful resolution of the South China Sea disputes, in conformity with the rule of law, particularly the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), as well as to the reduction of tensions through the 2002 ASEAN-China Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) and an eventual ASEAN-China Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC),” DFA said.
DFA noted that Philippines has won international respect and recognition for resorting to arbitration, and we reiterate our invitation to China to join in this process.
“Well, obviously, it’s a recruitment video. It’s intended to entice their people to join their organizations. But as far as we’re concerned, really, for us, we concentrate on the tracks that we have taken and we concentrate on our initiatives,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said over state-run Radyo ng Bayan DZRB.