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Philippine envoy to the Philippines says US not changing Spratlys stand

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US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim on Sunday reiterated his government’s commitment to keep freedom of navigation intact in the South China Sea.

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The statement came amid reports in US media of President Donald Trump’s shift in policy that would turn a blind eye on China’s incursions in the area in exchange for Beijing’s help in putting a stop to North Korea’s nuclear program.

Kim, who is of Korean descent, said the freedom of navigation and flight in the South China Sea was not just a concern of the United States but an issue that would have an impact on the international community.

 “We continue to believe protecting freedom of navigation is not just a US issue but it’s for the whole international community,” he said.

“Freedom of navigation  and freedom of flight … these are very fundamental rights not just strategically but in protecting the flow of international trade … so our position has not changed,” he added.

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