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Manila seeks int’l support in standoff with China

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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines warned Monday that China’s sweeping territorial claims in the South China Sea may eventually threaten freedom of navigation in the busy region and called on Western and Asian countries to take a stand against any such potential threat.

China’s ambiguous territorial claims have brought it into a tense, 14-day high seas standoff with the Philippines over the Scarborough Shoal, which both Asian countries claim. China’s aggressive actions at the shoal — including ordering ships to leave and flying a Chinese plane low over one of them — show what it could do to the rest of the South China Sea, which Beijing claims virtually in its entirety, Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez said.

Chinese surveillance ships have told a lone Philippine coast guard vessel to leave the uninhabited but resource-rich shoal, which lies between the northwestern Philippines and the South China Sea, saying China has sovereignty over the area. The Filipino vessel has refused to leave, saying it’s Philippine territory.

Chinese and Filipino diplomats have so far failed to resolve the tense impasse.

China, the Philippines and four other countries have also been engaged in long-simmering territorial rifts elsewhere in the South China Sea, which is crisscrossed by one of the world’s busiest commercial sealanes, accounts for about 10 percent of the annual global fisheries catch and is believed to have rich oil and gas deposits.

China has claimed virtually the entire South China Sea for years. Now, they could aggressively assert its claims as shown by its actions at Scarborough, Hernandez told reporters. “This is a manifestation of a potential threat to freedom of navigation as well as unimpeded commerce in the area.”

Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario said that with Beijing claiming almost everything in the South China Sea, “the message is” they “can set the rules for anybody.”

“I think the current standoff is a manifestation of a larger threat to many nations,” he told ABS-CBN TV network in an interview. “They should be concerned if they’re interested in maintaining the freedom of navigation and unimpeded commerce.”

Del Rosario and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin will raise the Scarborough Shoal incident when they meet their U.S. counterparts in Washington next week, Hernandez told a news conference, adding that the United States has been concerned about ensuring freedom of navigation in Southeast Asian waters.

In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin reiterated China’s sovereignty over the shoal, which Beijing calls Huangyan island, and added that involving other nations in the dispute would only complicate the problem.

“Urging other countries to choose their side will only complicate the issue and won’t help the situation at all,” Liu said Monday.

The International Crisis Group, meanwhile, said in a report Monday that China’s deployment of more surveillance and paramilitary ships, which are tasked to assert Beijing’s unclear territorial claims, risks more confrontations in the South China Sea.

The Chinese ships have figured in major flare-ups, including in the standoff at Scarborough, the ICG said.

A map China submitted to the United Nations in 2009 claims virtually the entire area, but China has so far refused to define the exact extent of its claims, causing confusion and fostering potential conflicts, the Brussels-based group said.

Some Chinese patrol ships were unaware of the limits of the areas where they were supposed to assert sovereignty, the ICG said, adding a Chinese maritime official the group interviewed has said he did not know what area to defend. The official was not identified.

Philippine officials have asked China to bring their disputes to the United Nations for arbitration, a process that will require both to delineate their claims. But Chinese officials have insisted on negotiating with other claimants individually.

The Scarborough confrontation erupted April 10 when a Filipino warship attempted to arrest Chinese fishermen, who were accused of illegally entering and poaching endangered species at the shoal. Two Chinese surveillance ships prevented arrests and the fishermen slipped away.


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  • BatangSingapore

    halos tama na sana yun pagtama ng balita kesa last week na parang tabloid hahahahhahha.

    maliban sa kahuli hulihan pangungusap. “ Two Chinese surveillance ships prevented arrests and the fishermen slipped away.”

    malinaw naman sa larawan inilabas sa pahayagan na nakasampa na ang mga sundalo sa chinese fishing boat at pinagkukunan ng larawan ang kanilang kargamento at mga mangingisda.

    subalit hindi nila ito hinuli at idinahilan ang pag entra ng two chinese surveillance ships sa PANDIGMANG BARKO ng pilipinas.

    bakit hindi na lang aminin na pinigil ng malacanang ang navy sa paghuli sa mga magnanakaw na intsik.  akala kasi ng Abnoy na pangulo ay kakatigan siya ng China sa pagiging mabait at bagkus ay kinakagat pa nga ang kanyang kamay sa kasalukuyan.

    kaya ikaw Abnoy na presidente sa susunod huwag ka double standard.  hindi dahil sa intsik yan ay hindi mo na huhulihin.  low morale tuloy ang NAVY na nagmistulang bahag ang buntot sa mga  seaman ng surveillance ship hahahhahahahhahha.

    • marlaw

      Mas abnoy ang diskarte kung itinuloy ang pag aresto. Isang barko ng Pinas kontra 3 barko ng Tsina. Kahit mahina ang militar natin di naman seguro ganon ka-bobo ang mga heneral nating mag isip sa kagaya ng gusto mong mangyari. Pinag-iisipan ang mga galaw lalo pa’t superpower ang katapat. Hindi yung basta lang sunggab ng sunggab. Kung may armada ka na kagaya ng Amerika kahit pa me barko ang Tsina arestuhin mo na.

      • BatangSingapore

        hindi ka talaga nagiisip.  bilangin mo muna ilang minuto ang kailangan para arestuhin?

        ngayon isiniksik kasi sa isipan mo ang scenario dumating agad ang barko ng china.  kung saan nangyari ito ng kinagabihan na ng matagpuan ang pilipinas ang mga magngingisda.

    • http://twitter.com/MarLouWang Marlou Wang

       ang galing mo!!! ikaw kaya ang isabak doon sa Panatag para matapos na ang kaguluhang ito, ano?  kailan ka pupunta doon. BILIS NA!!!!!

      • BatangSingapore

        sa sulat mo parang takot na takot ka sa panatag shoal gayon wala naman barilan dun.  mas makakabuti kung suriin mo muna ang gender mo.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYAZBOJYIUCRLWTYJBORBVTTOI boyfarmer

       loko loko ka pala, anong ebidensiya mo para sabihin mong pinigil ng malacanang ang pag huli sa mga magnanakaw na insekto?

      • BatangSingapore

        bugok, hindi mo ba nakita yun picture ng sa loob mismo ng bangka ng mga mangingisda at yun mangingisda mismo picture nila.

        ano ibig sabihin nyan, yun mangingisda nagbigay sa kanila ng picture? hahhahahahahhahha.

        magisip ka maigi at diyan pa lang alam mo na pinigil ang navy natin ng malacanang para hindi hulihin ang mga poachers.

  • pinoy_unity

    Congress gising na para di na kailangan humingi pa ng tulong sa ibang bansa kailangan bigyan nyo na ng pondo ang AFP para maka tayo ng harapan o di man may pang takot man lang para magdalawang isip ang mga intsik. Pwede tayong bumili agad ng barko na meroong missile at jet na pwedeng magpalubog sa mga barko nila at fast craft na nakakahanap ng mga submarine ( kasi sigurado nasa tabi tabi lang sila). Huwag na sanang antayin ng mga pulitko na nasa manila bay na ang inaangkin ng mga ito.

  • TulisangDagat

    china afraid to internationalize the issue regarding their intrusion in a friendly country..island grabbing as reported ..it will become a economic stand off with other countries because china highly support their ambition ..watchout for powerful banker what he will say about china’s economic rating…..someone has to trim ………in my opinion………..

  • AlyasPogi

    We can’t keep relying on other countries for military support. We must become strong ourselves to atleast be able to defend our territories.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/NHR5PHABMUMPBZAEYKP2SROOTQ Jon

      That is easier said than done. The Philippines GDP is around 217 billions compared to China’s 7 trillion.  The Philippines spends less than 1% of GDP on the military, while China spend 4.5% of their GDP on their Military.

      You don’t have to be a genius to figure out that China outspends most other countries in their military expenditures.

  • Guest

    It will indeed be very good for the Philippines’ claim if it can generate and garner favorable international support.  Unfortunately, the government is giving off mixed signals.  For example, the government declared in early 2011 that the territorial sea’s official name is the “West Philippine Sea” and no longer the South China Sea.  Yet, if you visit some websites maintained by Philippine embassies and consular offices under the Department of Foreign Affairs (e.g., the embassy in Washington, D.C.; the consulate in San Francisco), as well as the Department of Tourism’s “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” website, you will see that Malacañang’s explicit directive is being ignored.  Their web sites proclaim the Philippines as “lying between the South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean.”  (Last year, I sent an email to the D.C. embassy regarding this matter, but the mistake remains until today for all to see.)   If the Philippine government wants other countries to take its territorial claims in the West Philippine Sea seriously, then the DFA and DOT must clean up their acts and synchronize themselves with Malacañang’s clear position, more so since these two departments constitute the country’s face in the international community.

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    ipapahamak tayo ng mga
    u.s. collaborators na mga ito
    sa u.s. tsina nuclear crossfire

    magpalakas tayo kasama ang
    asean
    japan
    sokor
    taiwan
    eu
    india
    russia

    para kontrahin ang tsina seagrab

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYAZBOJYIUCRLWTYJBORBVTTOI boyfarmer

       the countries you mentioned are American allies, if you deal with them you also deal with  USA

      • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

        allies in mutual areas
        but not colonies



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