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    China raising tension, Phl says

    A Philippine official on Friday said China’s recent move in the Southeast Asian region could raise tension should it decide to set up a similar scheme in the South China Sea.
    Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin was referring to an air defense identification zone established by China over the East China Sea that has angered Japan.
    "We are closely monitoring and closely coordinating with our allies. We will monitor, we will continue to monitor," Gazmin stressed.
    South China Sea is being claimed entirely or in part by China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam and the Philippines.
    The defense chief said what China did is dangerous and may stoke tension anew among claimant countries. He, however, left it to the Department of Foreign Affairs to decide on what to do next.
    The Philippines so far is only calling for China's consistency with international flight rules, Gazmin pointed out.
    It was learned that China's new system requires all aircrafts passing through the newly established defense zone to identify themselves.
    This move is being protested by Japan, which has a competing claim to the East China Sea, and the United States and South Korea.
    Gazmin’s Japanese counterpart will visit the Philippines next week to check on the status of the relief and rehabilitation of its typhoon-devastated areas.

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