MANILA, Philippines - War games between the Philippine and US military are not meant to antagonize China, President Aquino said Monday.
This, after militant groups criticized the government for holding the military exercises while China and the Philippines are locked in a standoff in the Scarborough Shoal.
Aquino said the Balikatan exercises to be held near the disputed West Philippine Sea this week were scheduled before the standoff with China in the Scarborough Shoal began.
He added it would do the country no good to provoke China.
ANC On the Scene, April 16, 2012