Peace and Freedom Commentary
Philippine media reports today detail the level of control China has on the South China Sea.
The Philippine Defense Secretary could not fly in sovereign air space over sovereign sea toward a sovereign Philippine island without first answering a challenge from the Chinese military.
Filipino fishermen are required to follow the instructions of Chinese fishing supervisors. The Philippine Star reported on April 22, 2017 that Chinese fired warning shots near Filipino fishermen at Union Bank recently. The Filipino fishermen scurried away to save their own skins — without any fish.
From Pag-asa island, a possession of the Philippines, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana observed four to five Chinese Coast Guard ships.
The Filipinos most knowledgeable of the situation at Pag-asa refer to one side of the island as “the dangerous side” or the “Chinese side.”
Sounds like the well know Chinese plan of salami slicing — that is, incrementally taking liberties including encroaching on sovereign territory and rights until Chinese full ownership is fait accompli — has worked wonders in the Philippines. The Chinese method of “talk and take” has worked marvelously. If Filipinos can’t fish in their own sovereign sea, what hope has the Philippines of “sharing” with China any oil and gas from beneath the sea?
Philippine news reports seem to be telling us that a large swath of the South China Sea is already turning into a Chinese lake.
And the Philippines seems to be turning into a Chinese colony or vacation destination or lackey — without any true rights or sovereignty of its own.
My family has loved the Philippines for decades. But now that rule of law is no longer honored and enforced, we’ll retreat to safer ground. Or learn to speak Chinese.
Philippines: Presidential Spokesman Calls 7,000 Extrajudicial Killings “Fake News” (It’s actually more like 9,000) — Further Erodes Credibility of Philippine Government, Philippine National Police (PNP)
South China Sea: Philippines has lost traditional fishing ground as Vietnamese move in with Chinese, Philippines envoy to China says — Everyone shares the common fishing ground — But fewer fish each year
Philippine Defense Secretary: China has no reason to fear that tension could ignite between China and the Philippines over the South China Sea — After Chinese foreign ministry warned the Philippines to behave
A Vietnamese fishing boat was reportedly ambushed and looted by a China Coast Guard vessel off Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago. Here the fisher make a reort to Vietnamese police, March 2016.
On July 12, 2016 a ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague said China’s nine-dash line claim (shown above) was invalid and not recognized in international law.
Despite all this:
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