Malaysia, Philippines to strengthen bilateral ties

Meeting discusses disputed waters. 

Malaysia, Philippines defense chiefs meet to strengthen bilateral ties

Frances Mangosing

MANILA, Philippines—The defense chiefs of Malaysia and Philippines met on Wednesday at Camp Aguinaldo to strengthen bilateral ties and to discuss the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) and other issues.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Minister Defense of Malaysia YB Dato Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein exchanged views on regional and global security challenges and committed to strengthen defense cooperation between the Philippines and Malaysia, the Department of National Defense said in a statement.

The two defense ministers met amid China’s aggressiveness in the disputed waters. Both are claimants to the resource-rich West Philippine Sea, including China, Vietnam, Brunei and Taiwan.

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