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China OKs project on disputed West Philippine Sea isle


An aerial view of Pag-asa Island, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands, in the West Philippine Sea located off the coast of western Philippines. AP

BEIJING—China has approved a development project that would support tourism and fishing around West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) islands, a move likely to inflame territorial disputes.

Southernmost Hainan province wants to build a supply dock over more than 823 acres of water off Jinqing island, part of the Paracel chain. Vietnam claims the Paracels as its territory and has protested China’s tourism plans there.

The State Oceanic Administration said Thursday it agreed “in principle” to Hainan’s proposal. It is considering a proposal for another supply dock in the West Philippine Sea, the statement said without elaborating.

Hainan Vice Governor Tan Li has said he was determined to start tourism development in the Paracel Islands this year.

The Paracels and other territory in the West Philippine Sea are claimed variously by China, Vietnam and four other nations for their potential oil and gas deposits, rich fishing grounds and proximity to busy commercial sea lanes.

Also on Thursday, the Philippines said China violated a 2002 pact when Chinese government ships prevented Filipino authorities from arresting Chinese fishermen at a disputed shoal this month.

Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said in Manila that China’s aggressive actions at the Scarborough Shoal violated an accord between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that discourages aggressive acts in the West Philippine Sea.

Del Rosario said Manila would consider any Asean offer to intercede to end the shoal dispute, which began April 10.


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Tags: Paracel , Scarborough , Scarborough Shoal , South China Sea , territorial dispute , Tourism , West Philippine Sea

  • frudo

    Daming mayayamang purong dugong intsik sa Pinas ah, sabi nila handa raw nila ipagtangol ang Pinas laban sa sinumang mananakot ng ating teritoryo.ayon yun sa isang nagsulat dito, so now pwede na nila patunayan na kung talgang willing sila, simulan na nilang mag ambag ambag, isakrispisyo naman nila konting yaman nila na dito nila kinita sa Pinas, pambili ng Naval Ship at modern jet fighters para kahit papano naman at may laban tayo laban sa nambubully satin bansa, sana maisip nila na sa pinas na lumaki ang mga anak nila apo at tahanan na nila ang Pinas so dapat di sila papayag na may mambully sa tahanan nila, kaya kung mayayaman chinese at OFW magaambag ambag malaking tulong yun sa ating militar, wag lang sana nakawin, kasi di nman natin maasahan ang mga Pulitikong korakot, na mag ambag diba baka masilip pa tagong yaman nila, SO MAYAYAMANG CHINESE AT OFW NALANG, 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UBIJJNCF74GJ3GNHZRL3TGQEYA Wan

    Do not expect not even a glimmer of hope that ASEAN would be on your side Philippines.. ASEAN can afford to lose a member like you.. being the sick man of ASEAN.. but other members of ASEAN can not afford to offend China.. which is their leading business partner nowadays. Hopefully USA wouldn’t betray you bec like the 9/11 event which the Americans say they will not forget, they are also aware when the “magnificent (stupid in Filipino)12′ composed of self-glorifrying dumb senators voted not to extend the US bases in the Philippines. You can rely now only in God. Being the only Catholic nation among the ASEAN members.. God will be on your side. He will not betray you. The Catholic hierarchy in the Philippines MUST start a prayer rally all over the country until God hear the Filipinos and resolve this issue.

    • http://twitter.com/ttaduan24 Tara Aduan

      thats what you think a lot of asian countries are all ready to screw you!

    • http://twitter.com/ttaduan24 Tara Aduan

      and you the Chinese are the devil, you worshi the dragon.

    • DodongM

       For every 100,000 Chinese, only about 9000 finished university education. Mr. Wan is obviously one of those who never made it. Educated Chinese would be appalled reading your comment.

      • Ricky Zhuang

        garbage Philippine Slaves……..DON’T TO BE insolent.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EI2NTTKOEZ67HMV7P4VD5PPZWA tubongMindanao

        and you garbage chinese and which part are you located here in Philippines??? It seems that your surname is all over the Philippine news website and with your racist comments about this topic. I would be gladly recommend you and Mr. Wan to be beheaded by this terrorist group Abu Sayaf.

      • Guest

         你的语法是错的,你会说英语吗?DON’T TO BE insolent. 你的英语是哪里学的?我猜,你没有上过大学吧! 

      • light789

         ricky zhuang chinks. you chinese are parasites who suck the philippine economy bigtime. you chinks here in the philippines dont pay your taxes right, underpaid employees, drug dealers, etc boycott chinese goods.

      • Chekwa

         the Chinese are the real SLAVES, your communist Govt’ treat u like SUBJECTS and not really like people. Dare to challenge your gov’t on certain issues and you are dead. Am I right?

      • billy31

         hahahahaha….ok itong si DodongM.

    • fairtruth

      I definitely agree..Mr.wan

    • light789

       wan it seem you lack real infromations why the philippines did kick out those us bases. your stupidity rocks. wan if you like simple explanaion since your’e a simpleton unlike us filipinos just look at okinawa the inhabitanys in there wanted the us bases out from their island. by the way wan do you know the meaning freedom from imperialism and oppression?

    • Chekwa

      Update: With VFA  and other agreements US/Phil. entered into, there is really no need for the bases anymore, Dumb Communist Chink! Since u understand English, would you translate UNCLOS to stupid chinese please… they ratified a law which they do not understand and because of that  China is actually violating the same law that they ratified together with other countries…sounds stupid? Yes, but it’s true.

      • mountainecho

        Please read the text of UNCLOS to educate yourself what it is all about (hint: nothing to do with sovereignty of island).

        BTW, have you figured out if the Scarborough Shoal is just a shoal yet?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/5O2K5MSDXYBOWSSOLBODSDNMDQ nelson

      Countries in Asia including Philippines allowed US to deploy their troops here. It is very obvious that China’s neighbors doesnt like them. I think other countries besides China’s neighbors share the same opinion except North Korea.

      Most of Chinese citizens are unhappy due to government’s violations of human rights and other factors. I doubt China’s citizen will help the government when war starts. (but I hope no war will start). I think China will explode from within if that continues.

      It is called “South China Sea” for a reason, maybe it is really China’s territory.
      if the islands is really China’s territory then they should raise it to itlos to balance wether historical claims of China weighs more than claims by the Philippines right?

  • GKLer

    To PH government: 
    The correct response is “PH okays new oil/gas platform project in West Philippine Sea”.

    • billy31

       tama kayo sir. dapat PH now awards to US Companies to develop the drilling and oil production in the West Philippine Sea. Then maybe a US Aircraft Carrier can be stationed near the area to protect these projects. Gogogogogo!!!

      • 444mangyan888

        oo nga noh…ayus yun…get Fluor Daniels do the engineering…worley parson the PMT…and BEchtel the genral contrator….with japanese companies as sub cotnractors…hala sige…tignan natin..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=767982837 Basang Sisiw

    my PHL, never ever get tangled with a bully. the chinese proposal for partnership is to have more grip in the area. this is not a clear resolution to who really the Scarborough Shoal belongs to. this maybe a ploy to prevent the PHL from using ITLOS against the chinese to resolve the current conflict. 
    PHL MUST ESTABLISH ownership of the Scarborough Shoal once and for all first before start talking with other nations on business partnership for the area.

  • Bobserver

    If the Chinese want to encourage tourism there then is it not better than building another naval base???  After all, the Vietnamese are not likely to attempt to militarily seize the Paracel Islands once more.  China has moved so far ahead since 1974 and 1988. Taking up a good deep water port for cruise ships removes that area from being a submarine base.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NTD5NB75GZFZ2F4NZNMIBNYBQQ Diesel

    learn from history…china becoming another germany before and during world war 2…

    • Chekwa

       China would produce the 3rd anti-christ for sure…



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