Obama: Military agreement with the Philippines is not a thret against China

President Barack Obama said today that the agreement to increase the U.S. military presence in the Philippines is not directed against China, but to ensure maritime security and disaster response.

Obama , which began today in Manila a visit two days inside his Asian tour , met with Philippine President Benigno Aquino , where he dealt with the military cooperation agreement that representatives of the two nations signed the morning.

While the U.S. has expressed its support for the Philippines in its territorial dispute with Beijing in the South China Sea , the U.S. president said in a press conference with Aquino has “nothing against” China.

” Our goal is not to contain China, but simply to ensure that international standards are respected , including the sea ,” said the head of State , who has also visited South Korea, Japan and Malaysia.

“I think Aquino and international arbitration is an example, and I think if China hear your neighbors, they would realize that they are willing to work with them and engage in trade ,” he added .

Although not released details thereof, the Philippine government announced that the pact signed between Manila and Washington mean greater presence of U.S. military forces in the Philippines , a former colony of Spain and the USA .

But Obama wanted to emphasize that this does not mean that the United States will have its own military bases in the Philippines.

” I want to make clear that the U.S. does not want to retrieve old bases or build new bases. Facilities will be rotating by the Philippine Army ,” the American president.

As underlined both the Philippines and the United States , the military cooperation agreement will help ensure maritime security in the area , develop capabilities of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and provide humanitarian assistance if needed in case of a natural disaster.

This pact , which will strengthen the defense capabilities of the Philippines, is signed in a time when Manila is facing openly with Beijing by several islets located in the South China Sea , where it is presumed that there is oil and gas reserves .

The confrontation between the two countries intensified when the Aquino government presented last March 30 a petition with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea to settle the dispute with independent arbitration , a process that China refuses to join.

During his appearance in Manila, Obama announced that his Government today published a list of start-ups and allies of the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin , to which penalties apply passivity in response to the crisis of the pro-Russian rebels in the east and southern Ukraine.

“We will extend the sanctions to a new list of people and companies ,” said Obama in a press conference in Manila, where he added that these measures also affect the ” export of high technology products .”

The head of the U.S. State explained that these sanctions ” is not personally attacking Putin ” , but put pressure on the Russian President to take appropriate action with respect to conflict of Ukraine action.

” It’s about pushing for ( Putin ) do what you preach , instead of talking without doing anything ,” he added .

The president did not rule out the possibility of imposing sanctions in the future, which could affect the bank or the defense industry , but currently are ” reserving ” .

Obama was received with great honors in Malacañang Palace , where he hoped his Philippine counterpart , Benigno Aquino , accompanied by a large government delegation , several units of the Armed Forces dress uniform and a military band played the national anthem and Filipino.

But some sectors of the Philippine population did not receive the U.S. president with the same enthusiasm .

Several hundred activists were kicked back to the streets of Manila by the military agreement signed between the two countries , and demolished several containment fences located near the presidential palace.

” U.S. seeks to maintain its dominance in the region violating national sovereignty and plundering the economies of their supposed allies ,” he said in a statement the secretary general of the Philippine militant group Bayan , Renato Reyes , last Thursday , when the protests began .