China’s words do not match actions in West Philippine Sea: Secretary Lorenzana

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National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in an interview with press that China’s words do not match their actions in the West Philippine Sea. This is after Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua said that China will never seek hegemony.

“China adopts a military strategy of active defense which adheres to the principle of defense, self-defense and post-strike response. Meaning we will not take the first shot,” Jianhua said in his speech during a reception dinner for the 92nd anniversary of Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) at the Makati Shangrila Hotel on July 29 attended by Secretary Lorenzana and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) General Benjamin Madrigal Jr..

Secretary Lorenzana said he has “heard the version of the speech many times already.”

“There’s nothing new with that. They are saying they want peace, but it does not match with what they are doing on the ground,” Secretary Lorenzana added as quoted by Inquirer.net.

“I questioned them [at the Shangri-La Dialogue last June]. What you are telling us is not what you are doing on the ground. Maybe until such time their actions matched by their words, then what saying is doubtful. It’s just optics, the narrative is to be heard just to keep us calm,” Secretary Lorenzana explained.

“It’s like a consolation for us but the bottom line is, their [words] do not match their actions in the West Philippine Sea,” he added.