Intelligence sharing with China’s military can be done “immediately” but joint anti-terror exercises will have to wait, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Monday, Inquirer reported.
“Intelligence sharing can be done immediately. We have a military-to-military agreement which covers visitation of students..an exchange of students from our schools to their schools and trips of our officials to there and back,” Lorenzana said.
“The exercises will need an enabling law or agreement, like our visiting forces agreement with the US and Australia, so that they can stay here for an extended period for two weeks or one month to exercise with us and we in their area also,” he said.
“So, that will still take a long time…not in the near future maybe,” the defense chief added.
Because of the threat of terrorism in the region, China and the Philippines should share intelligence and hold joint military exercises according to Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua.
“I think it is very important for the two militaries to exchange best practices, share intelligence, and even consider the possibility of having joint training exercises because the objective is clear,” Zhao said.
“It is in the interest of not only China and the Philippines but also in the region, for us to deal effectively with the threat of terrorism,” he added.