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  • A New Twist in the South China Sea Showdown
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    Binay has no foreign policy experience, having risen to national prominence as long-time Mayor of Makati, the wealthiest city in Metro Manila and the country. In one of his first extended interviews addressing foreign policy issues, Binay focused on the prospects for joint Philippines-Chinese development of natural resources in the West Philippine Sea, and downplayed the case filed by the Aquino Administration to the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea regarding the Philippines' maritime boundary disputes with China.

    Hayup talaga! More reason not to vote or why he should not win!
  • dami kong mura mga bente dahil sa kahayupan na yan
  • ^ ako rin eh napa mura. nakakagigil di ba?! bebenta ang Pilipinas through joint development tapos kikita sya sa suhol ng mga intsik. Chinese are notorious bribers, kahit sa ibang bansa kaya nanalo sa mga contracts ang Chinese firms is because their commie government endorses bribing.

    napa swear na lang ako na i will do anything to persuade my friends, families, etc., at ikakalat ko rin sa mga social media kung bakit di dapat manalo yan at kung ano ang pwede nyang gawin sa bansa natin.
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    In this photo from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Chinese dredgers work on Mischief Reef, which the Philippines calls Panganiban, in the South China Sea in March 2015. Republished by Philstar.com with permission from AMTI/CSIS

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  • Sana nga matuloy ito at huwag kontrahin ng mga makakaliwa

    Phl eyed for advanced US air, navy weaponry
    Philippine StarPhilippine Star – 12 hours ago

    The United States wants to deploy advanced air and naval equipment to the Philippines, which is seeking “substantive support” from its long-time ally amid China’s massive reclamation activities in the West Philippine Sea.

    This was according to Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, who cited US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s recent pronouncements. The type or kind of military equipment and materiel was not specified.

    “According to the new Department of Defense secretary in the United States, Secretary Carter, they are already looking at deploying to the Philippines various advanced equipment, air force equipment, naval equipment, maritime domain equipment. These were outlined by Secretary Carter recently and we welcome this,” Del Rosario said in an interview on ANC .

    Carter’s announcement came after US President Barack Obama expressed concern over China’s using its “sheer size and muscle” to push around smaller nations in the region, particularly the Philippines.

    “The first time that it was announced was a few days ago... this is the first time we are hearing about it. We have not engaged in discussion so we will find out more about what these plans involve,” Del Rosario said.

    He said the equipment – possibly to include a weapons system – would be manned by US personnel.

    “It will require US presence. We have not talked about what extent this will happen but with those equipment you can surmise that there will be a US presence,” he added.

    “We are, at this point, seeking additional support from the United States in terms of being able to take a stronger position in defending our position, which is to uphold the rule of law,” Del Rosario told journalists later yesterday.

    Del Rosario is set to visit the US in two weeks to meet with members of the US Congress, with whom he is likely to discuss the developments in the West Philippine Sea, particularly China’s massive reclamation activities.

    A meeting with Carter and US Secretary of State John Kerry is also expected to take place during Del Rosario’s visit.

    He noted that the US government is looking at the South China Sea and West Philippine Sea problem in terms of three elements – China’s massive reclamation activities, construction of facilities such as airstrips and harbors, and the militarization of these facilities.

    “The Philippines is saying that we should get together and study how we can uphold the rule of law together not only with the United States but with the entire international community,” he said.

    Del Rosario reiterated that the reclamation projects were proof of China’s aggression in the region.

    “And not only are they using it to define the nine-dash line but they feel that it will serve to undermine our case with the arbitral tribunal because what they are trying to do is they are taking features and changing the character and nature and the maritime entitlements of those features,” Del Rosario said.

    “They are not allowed to do that but UNCLOS says that even if they do that, the UNCLOS will look not at what there is now but what it was before they built these features,” he said, referring to the reclaimed lands in the West Philippine Sea.

    The Philippines protested China’s seven massive reclamation activities, saying they were a violation not only of international law but also of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC).

    The DOC calls for self-restraint in the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea, including altering of features in contested waters.

    “We are looking at our options now,” Del Rosario said without elaborating.

    Next week, 11,500 Filipino and American soldiers are taking part in the largest-ever 10-day war games in the Philippines, called Balikatan (shoulder-to-shoulder), setting into motion the US rebalance to Asia policy.

    China claims most of the potentially energy rich South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also have overlapping claims.

    China yesterday bristled at recent comments by President Aquino in an interview with AFP.

    Aquino said China is engendering fear around the world with its posture in the South China Sea’s disputed waters, and that it’s possible conflict over territorial disputes could break out.

    “The accusation is groundless,” said Hong Lei, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, in a regular briefing. “We urge the Philippines to respect China’s territorial sovereignty.”

    The Philippines has called “unacceptable” China’s assurance that its massive reclamation in the West Philippine Sea was not causing environmental damage. Manila earlier said coastal communities are facing $100-million losses annually from China’s reclamation activities, citing a United Nations Environment Program study.

    China is tolerating environmentally harmful fishing practices by its nationals at Bajo de Masinloc, also called Panatag Shoal or Scarborough Shoal off Zambales, according to Philippine authorities.

    The Philippines has also expressed concern over China’s announcement that the reclaimed islands and reefs would provide comprehensive services to meet various fisheries and maritime demands.

    The DFA said such statements by China only “serve to raise the specter of increasing militarization and threaten peace and stability in the region.”

    Analyst say China’s vigorous reclamation activities in the West Philippine Sea were being done in anticipation of an adverse ruling on its position by the international arbitral court based in The Hague.

    In 2014, the Philippines submitted a voluminous memorial or written argument of its position on the West Philippine Sea issue to the arbitral court. The court, however, has no powers to enforce its ruling.

    Supply problem

    Meanwhile, China has reportedly turned to its citizens with businesses in Southeast Asian countries for help in providing supplies for its personnel and troops currently engaged in massive reclamation operations in the West Philippine Sea, a source in the intelligence community said.

    “Facing difficulties in sustaining the presence of their personnel in the region China has turned to its citizens based in Southeast Asia to solve this problem as Hainan is very far,” the source said.

    He said several fishing boats seen unloading supplies for the Chinese were found to be Chinese-owned but had come from nearby countries, particularly Malaysia.

    China’s occupied area in the Spratlys is 580 miles away from its nearest territory in Hainan’s Yulin naval base, thus making it very costly to deliver food and other provisions needed by thousands of its construction personnel, sailors and marines currently staying in the disputed region.

    “We even suspect that the Chinese are also getting food and drinking water, one way or the other, from enterprising Filipinos employed on these foreign-registered fishing boats as we monitored an increasing demand of this basic need to sustain human survival,” the source said.

    Kalayaan Mayor Eugenio Bito-onon Jr. expressed doubt on the veracity of the report, saying he had not been notified of the development.

    Kalayaan town is a fifth class municipality in Palawan located on Pag-Asa Island, the second biggest island in the Spratlys archipelago.

    “It’s highly unlikely that these things are now happening out there,” Bito-onon said.

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  • US to China: Clarify your boundary
    Philippine StarBy By Jose Katigbak, Star Washington Bureau | Philippine Star – 3 hours ago

    WASHINGTON – The United States has called on China to clarify or adjust its controversial nine-dash boundary line in the South China Sea to conform to international law and insisted all maritime claims be derived from land features, Navy Admiral Samuel Locklear said.

    Testifying before a House Armed Services
    Committee on Wednesday, the head of the US Pacific Command said China’s attempts to unilaterally enforce its ambiguous sea claims have created uncertainty in the region.

    “The international community would welcome China to clarify or adjust its nine-dash line claim and bring it into accordance with the international law of the sea, as reflected in the Law of the Sea Convention,” he said.

    In Manila, Australian Ambassador Bill Tweddell also expressed concern over China’s massive reclamation activities in the West Philippine Sea.

    China’s nine-dash boundary line covers almost the entire South China Sea and its claims overlap those of five other claimants – the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.

    China is executing a strategy that includes expanding outposts in contested areas through land reclamation, taking action to prevent other nations from establishing or maintaining outposts, exploring for natural resources in disputed waters and increasing its naval and air forces’ presence through exercises and patrols, Locklear said.

    He said China’s aggressive land reclamation and construction projects at eight South China Sea military outposts included new buildings, more capable berthing space for ships and presumably an airfield on Kagitingan (Fiery Cross) Reef, China’s largest reclamation project.

    “Although land reclamation cannot change a submerged feature into a natural island that generates any legal entitlements to maritime zones, the completion of these projects will give China the ability for greater presence, increase dwell time for military and coast guard assets, and expand the areas covered by surveillance and area-denial systems,” he said.

    Missile system

    China could eventually deploy radar and missile systems on outposts it is building in the South China Sea that could be used to enforce an exclusion zone over the disputed territory, Locklear added.

    “It allows them to exert basically greater influence over what’s now a contested area. Expanded land features down there also could eventually lead to the deployment of things such as long-range radars, military and advanced missile systems,” he said. “And it might be a platform if they ever wanted to establish an air defense zone.”

    China drew condemnation from Japan and the US when it imposed an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), in which aircraft are supposed to identify themselves to Chinese authorities, above the East China Sea in late 2013.

    The US responded by flying B-52 bombers through the zone in a show of force.

    China has denied speculation that it plans to declare a new ADIZ in the South China Sea but its rapid reclamation work has alarmed other regional states with territorial claimants.

    Examples of activities supporting China’s long-term strategy, he said, included attempts to block resupply missions to the small Philippine garrison at Ayungin (Second Thomas) Shoal and bar Filipino and other fishermen from the disputed Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal.

    No country appears to desire military conflict in their territorial and maritime issues in the South China Sea, he said, and the claimants’ use of maritime law enforcement vessels to enforce their claims has largely kept these issues out of the military sphere.

    However, an escalation due to a tactical miscalculation cannot be ruled out.

    US Undersecretary of Defense Christine Wormuth, who also testified before the committee, said the Chinese government’s efforts to incrementally advance its South China Sea claims and block access to disputed fishing zones suggested a willingness to assert control over contested areas through coercion or the use of force.

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  • i couldnt help but think what our leaders are doing and future leaders will do. will not vote for Binay for sure.
  • Eto ang sabi ng G7
    G7 releases strong words against coercive, unilateral actions in East, South China Sea

    “We, the Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union, are convinced that we can comprehensively counter threats to maritime security only if we follow a cooperative, rules-based cross-sector approach and coordinate our actions nationally, regionally and globally,” foreign chiefs of G7 said in a joint statement released April 15. G7 foreign ministers had a two-day meeting at Lübeck, Germany.

    “We continue to observe the situation in the East and South China Seas and are concerned by any unilateral actions, such as large scale land reclamation, which change the status quo and increase tensions,” they added.

    They expressed strong opposition against any state who uses coercion and force to assert territorial and maritime claims.

    They also called on states to “fully implement any decisions rendered by the relevant courts and tribunals which are binding on them. We underline the importance of coastal states refraining from unilateral actions that cause permanent physical change to the marine environment in areas pending final delimitation.”

    The G7 ministers also support efforts ASEAN states and China to establish the Code of Conduct on the South China Sea.
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    Eto naman ang sagot ng China

    China snubs G7 declaration: Says situation is generally stable

    Reacting to recent declaration of G7 Foreign Ministers, China said “the situation of this region is generally stable, and relevant cooperation has been moved forward with positive results.”

    The Chinese government added that it hopes “relevant countries would fully respect the efforts by regional countries to safeguard regional peace and stability, and do more things that contribute to regional peace and stability.”

    Contrary to call of G7, China said “disputes should be resolved through negotiation and consultation by countries directly concerned.”

    G7 Foreign Ministers on April 15 call on “all states to pursue the peaceful management or settlement of maritime disputes in accordance with international law, including through internationally recognized legal dispute settlement mechanisms.”

    They added that any decisions that may be rendered by the relevant courts and tribunals which are binding on them should be implemented. “We underline the importance of coastal states refraining from unilateral actions that cause permanent physical change to the marine environment in areas pending final delimitation.”

    They also expressed strong opposition against any state who uses coercion and force to assert territorial and maritime claims.
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