South China Sea: Philippines acting like a colony or a lackey of China

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.

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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.

Image result for Vietnamese fishing boat Dna 90152 sinking May 2014 after being rammed intentionally by a Chinese Coast Guard vessel

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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:

In this July 14, 2016, file photo, Marcopolo Tam, a member of a pro-China business group in Hong Kong, points to what is now known as the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on a Japanese World War II-era map purporting to support China’s claims to vast parts of the South China Sea, in Hong Kong. AP/Kin Cheung, File
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One Response to “South China Sea: Philippines acting like a colony or a lackey of China”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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