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Phillipine president to raise territorial issues in Japan visit

AFP, TOKYO

Philippine President Benigno Aquino arrived in Tokyo yesterday, where he is expected to raise territorial disputes with China during a meeting with Japan’s new prime minister.

Ahead of his visit, Aquino’s spokesman quoted him as saying that the territorial conflict and heightened tensions between China and the Philippines over the South China Sea should also concern Japan.

“Just like the US, Japan is also a stakeholder in the quest for peace and stability in the [South China Sea]. So this is a matter of common interest to the two countries,” spokesman Herminio Coloma said in a statement.

A long-standing territorial row between Tokyo and Beijing over disputed islands in the East China Sea is also a headache for new Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, who took power earlier this month.

Japan’s Nikkei Shimbun reported yesterday that Tokyo and Manila would step up their maritime security ties and sign a military cooperation agreement when Noda and Aquino meet tomorrow.

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