Why do China’s leaders refuse to recognize the authority of the United Nations when this is the place to settle disputes between/among nations, and the main purpose for which it was formed is to maintain world peace and promote progress?
By Amando Doronila
The strong diplomatic protest against China’s water-cannon attack on Filipino fishers on Jan. 27 in Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea was followed by an announcement by the Armed Forces of the Philippines that the disputed islet, which Manila claims as Bajo de Masinloc, would now be under the jurisdiction of the Western Command.
By Conrado de Quiros
When P-Noy first compared China’s leaders to Hitler, his statement was met with mixed reactions. The masa of course applauded it, but not so the more critical sector of the public. Certainly not so non-Pinoys who, though sympathetic to the Philippines in its confrontation with China, found the comment overboard. I myself said it missed history by a mile, but if that was what it took to rouse the world to China’s growing expansionism, so be it. Living under the shadow of a tyranny right at our doorstep was just as bad as living behind the barbed wire of an occupation.
Many of us Filipinos believed that China was bluffing when it sent ships and sea patrols to the contested islands in the Spratlys. Now, it seems China is determined to do everything to take control of the islands and surrounding waters which the Philippines has laid claim to.
What’s next? China used water cannons to drive away Filipino fishermen off Panatag Shoal (“Sino ships fire water cannon at PH fishers,” Front Page, 2/25/14). Will it fire real guns the next time around?
On Jan. 27, in bad weather, a Chinese Coast Guard vessel with Bow No. 3063 bore down on two Filipino fishing boats in Bajo de Masinloc, sounded its horn continuously, then unloaded its water cannons on both boats “for several minutes.” The facts, as well as the quote, are from the official statement the Department of Foreign Affairs issued almost a month after the incident, on Feb. 25. That same day, the DFA summoned the chargé d’affaires of the Chinese embassy in Manila to explain the incident.
In the worsening dispute over China’s aggressive expansionism in the West Philippine Sea, President Aquino and the national government can rely on robust public support.
China has thought of many ways to gain control of the West Philippine Sea. Now comes Chinese media reporting that it will deploy regular sea patrols, not only in the disputed waters claimed by the Philippines but also in those waters claimed by Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei. These waters embrace islands and islets [...]
This refers to the article “PH protests vs China anew” (Second Front Page, 1/15/14), after “Beijing insisted it will regulate fishing in the disputed South China Sea despite protests by neighboring countries.”
By Juan L. Mercado
“Cartographic”—what? “Cartographic aggression” is shorthand for redrawing maps to gobble up territory, writes Australian Sinologist Geremie Barmé. And last week’s region-wide protests over Beijing’s clamping of new fishing access rules on disputed portions of the South China Sea is the latest edition.
By Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas S. J.
By “sea-grabbing” I refer to what China is trying to do over wide swathes of sea.
By Walden Bello
“They were really unprepared for that and were really embarrassed by it,” one of Vietnam’s top experts on Chinese diplomacy told me during my recent visit to Hanoi, referring to the Philippines’ bringing its case against China’s aggressive illegal actions in the West Philippine Sea to the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal.