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Date: Fri, 13 Nov 1998 08:54:37 -0600
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Subject: PH:Manila cites U.S. pact in dispute with China

Manila cites U.S. pact in dispute with China

13 November 1998

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines suggested Thursday its mutual defense treaty with the United States would be critical in deterring further moves by China in the disputed Spratly Islands. And it said China had long-term defense plans for "covering the Pacific." Tension flared between the Philippines and China this week after Manila accused Beijing of building potential harbors for military use on a reef claimed by Manila in the South China Sea islands. "As far as we see it, the mutual defense treaty (with Washington) may still prove of value to us," Defense Secretary Orlando Mercado said.

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