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05MANILA1257 2005-03-17 08:23 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Manila
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C O N F I D E N T I A L MANILA 001257
DEPT FOR EAP/PMBS
DOD FOR ISA/BG ALLEN
E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/31/2013
TAGS: PREL MARR MOPS CH RP
SUBJECT: ROMULO’S CHINA TRIP FIXES DATES FOR PRESIDENT HU
JINTAO’S STATE VISIT
REF: A. MANILA 1221
¶B. 04 MANILA 5654
Classified By: (U) Political Officer Paul O’Friel
for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).
¶1. (C) According to Department of Foreign Affairs China
Director Maria Theresa Almojuela, the main purpose of Foreign
Secretary Alberto Romulo,s February 28-March 2 visit to
China was to fix the timing for President Hu Jintao,s state
visit to the Philippines, which is now set for April 26-28.
Almojuela indicated the Chinese President is unlikely to
venture outside Manila, but said the program is still fluid.
Separately, Chinese Deputy Political Counselor James Lim
confirmed the details of Jintao,s visit are not yet fixed,
but said it would likely include an address to a joint
session of Congress, as well as meetings with President
Arroyo and Vice President De Castro.
¶2. (C) Almojuela was quick to dismiss as inaccurate much of
the Philippine press reporting surrounding Romulo,s trip.
“70-percent of it is untrue; they got the names and places
right, but that,s it,” she commented. Almojuela asserted
Romulo,s statements on the South China Sea had been totally
distorted. He did not, she said, say the dispute had been
“settled.” Rather, Romulo had re-stated the traditional
Philippine position emphasizing dialogue and diplomacy over
conflict, and calling for full implementation of the
Declaration of Conduct of Parties. (Note: In this context,
Chinese, Vietnamese, and Philippine national petroleum
companies signed an agreement on March 14 to include Vietnam
in a previous bilateral Philippine-Chinese seismic study of
portions the South China Sea (ref A). End Note.)
¶3. (C) The military agreement Romulo ratified during his
visit was “nothing new,” Almojuela claimed, saying it
represented only the memorandum of understanding on defense
cooperation signed by Defense Secretary Cruz during his
November 2004 China trip (ref B). In addition to calling for
annual staff talks and an exchange of experts, the MOU
included a Chinese offer to provide the GRP $1.2 million in
non-lethal military assistance, primarily engineering
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