Stop provoking South China Sea tensions, oppose Balikatan exercises in March--CPP

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
January 24, 2012

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today issued the following statement:

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) joins the Filipino people in demanding that the Obama and Aquino regimes stop carrying out provocative actions in the South China Sea region. The CPP urges the Filipino people to vigorously oppose the scheduled Balikatan exercises in March where at least 500 American soldiers, US warships and jet fighters are expected to carry out military drills in the South China Sea off the coast of Palawan together with 1,000 AFP soldiers.

The US imperialist government is using ts puppet Aquino regime and the so-called "joint military exercises" with the AFP to carry out power projection operations in the South China Sea as part of its aim of claiming dominance in the crucial trade route and containing China's growing economic and military strength. In participating in such US military actions, the Aquino government is allowing itself to be used as a pawn in the US geo-political strategy of imposing military, political and economic dominance in the Asia-Pacific region.

The upcoming anti-China Balikatan exercises in March violates the progressive policy of exercising mutual respect for national sovereignty, equality and mutual benefit. The Filipino people must struggle against the Aquino regime for allowing the US imperialists to dictate the direction of Philippine foreign policy. They should continue to intensify their struggle to abrogate unequal treaties such as the Mutual Defense Treaty and the Visiting Forces Agreement which allow the US to use the Philippines as a base for US military intervention in the Philippines.