The Department of National Defense (DND) strongly welcomes pronouncements made by the Chinese leadership that they are strongly committed to peace, according to DND spokesman Peter Paul Galvez on Saturday.
But he questioned the Chinese government’s display of offensive weaponry during the ceremony commemorating the defeat of Japan during the Second World War II.
“We thus call on China’s government to show its sincerity by, at the least, stopping all ongoing construction and militarization activities and to refrain from restricting freedom of flight and navigation in the West Philippine Sea,” Galvez said.
“Several nations have called for the Chinese government to stop such activities that run counter to international law and agreements. The Chinese leadership should go beyond deceitful rhetoric claiming peaceful efforts before all their aggression takes a greater and irreparable toll on the region and beyond,” he added.
Galvez reiterated the Philippines’ position and incessant call for a “rules based and peaceful approach to this matter which is shared not only by our neighbors in the region but by the rest of the international community.” PNA