China tried to get Philippines to drop review of US defence pact, defence chief says

//China tried to get Philippines to drop review of US defence pact, defence chief says

China tried to get Philippines to drop review of US defence pact, defence chief says

A former Chinese diplomat tried to stop Manila from conducting a review of the defence pact between the United States and the Philippines, defence secretary Delfin Lorenzana revealed on Thursday, over concerns it could be seen in Beijing as an attempt to counter its rise.Lorenzana, speaking in an online forum commemorating the 70th anniversary of Manila and Washington’s 1951 Mutual Defence Treaty (MDT), also said Beijing was in no hurry to find solutions to the South China Sea conflict, and…

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