The impact of U.S., China meet on West Philippine Sea dispute

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Tensions among claimant countries will likely flare up with China's continued reclamation works in the disputed islands of the West Philippine Sea.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) admits good relations between China and the U.S. are important for stability not only in the Asian region, but the entire world.

DFA officials pointed out Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the United States could mean easing tensions in disputed areas in the South China Sea.

They also added there is now a huge potential for diplomacy as China-U.S. ties improve – which will help in the Philippines' territorial rows with China.

In his speech at the White House on Friday (September 25), President Xi renewed China's "diplomatic and economic vows" with the U.S. He also promised peaceful cooperation with Asian neighbors.

Analyst Professor Chito Sta. Romana says the Chinese president's statements reveal the unending tension between geopolitics and economics among world powers. He adds that efforts to strengthen economic interdependence is one way to ease this tension.

He says the economies of the United States and China are so interdependent that any Chinese attempt to military assert their geopolitical stakes in the South China Sea will strike at U.S. hegemony in Asia.

Sta. Romana said Xi's speech is an attempt to signal China's peaceful intentions in hopes of gaining U.S. trust.

But Sta. Romana said such trust is not esily won, since Washington is not ready to compromise geopolitical security to Beijing.

Now that China promises not to militarize its artificial islands the international community can only wait and see if Asia's superpower will honor its word.