The Armed Forces of the Philippines’ new chief of staff, Lieutenant General Noel Clement. Photo: EPA

New Philippines military chief sees no ‘shooting war’ in South China Sea despite disputes

  • Lieutenant General Noel Clement says the military supports diplomatic efforts to prevent an escalation of tensions between China and the Philippines in the disputed waterway
  • He also says Manila is not against purchasing weapons from Beijing, but has not yet decided what to buy
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The Armed Forces of the Philippines’ new chief of staff, Lieutenant General Noel Clement. Photo: EPA
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