"Military-to-military relations between the countries have been improving steadily since 2004, when Beijing and Manila began a security dialogue. " Yes. A friend of mine - an RP Navy commander - recently spent a year on exchange in the Chinese military. I can imagine what spies they have "exchanged" into our military, to learn all our nuclear secrets. I understand we will be buying fake Huey helicopters made in Shanghai, and fake Callaway golf-club sets for AFP officers. Well that's a joke, but the military-officers exchanges are certainly real. Fine, the Chinese don't love the Abu Sayyaf either. Re: the NPA, well JOMA and his guys are probably more doctrinaire-Communist than the Chinese at this point.