Zarate urges complete demilitarization of South China Sea


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Bayan Muna party-list Representative Carlos Isagani Zarate on Wednesday called for a "complete demilitarization" of the South China Sea to ease the tension in the region. Zarate's call came amid the presence of Chinese vessels in Julian Felipe Reef and the reported entry of the US Navy strike group last April 4 to conduct routine operations. "In this light, we are calling for a complete demilitarization of the South China Sea amid the ramping up of military and naval presence by China, US, and other Western powers in the disputed maritime region," Zarate said in a statement. "The recent aggressive...