Palace seeks warmer ties: We know China is a superpower


Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Malacañang steered clear of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s statement on Thursday that China should become a  “maritime power” but said it hoped for warmer relations with Beijing under a new leader.

“We know that they are a superpower. As to the details of that, we would let the DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) answer that first,” presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda told a press briefing in the Palace.

At the opening of 18th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, Hu called for the enhancement of the country’s capability to exploit marine resources, safeguard its maritime right and interests, and build China into a maritime power.

Hu’s statements are likely to cause alarm among China’s neighbors, including Vietnam and Japan, which, like the Philippines, are involved in disputes with China over territory in Asian waters.

The Philippines remains in a standoff with China at Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), and is pursuing a diplomatic, political and legal solution to the dispute.

Lacierda said Manila hoped for warmer relations with Beijing under Xi Jinping, the Chinese vice president who is widely expected to become the next leader of China.

Lacierda said Philippine officials should wait at least a year to see how relations with Beiijing would proceed under Xi.

Wait and see

“We certainly hope for a warming of relations but let’s wait and see for them to settle down,” Lacierda said.

“I think it takes a year for the whole transition to be effected. So let’s just wait and see. It’s too early to say,” he added.

President Aquino met with Chinese Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Fu Ying in late October amid the stalemate over Panatag Shoal.

Days before Fu’s visit, the President said the situation was “a little better” with Beijing, though far from normal. He said he hoped relations with China would become warmer under a new Chinese leadership.

Lacierda said more joint military exercises between the Philippines and the United States would be held under the second term of US President Barack Obama.

More joint maneuvers

Obama was reelected on Tuesday, beating Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

All the joint maneuvers will be held under the Philippines’ Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States, Lacierda said.

President Aquino met with Obama in Washington in June, and both leaders announced a consultation as part of the US “pivot” to Asia military strategy.

Last month, Mr. Aquino promised Philippine cooperation with the US “policy of rebalancing” in the Asia-Pacific region.

Mr. Aquino sent a letter to Obama on Wednesday, congratulating him for winning the US presidential election and saying he was looking forward to a “deeper cooperation” during Obama’s second term.

Lacierda said Mr. Aquino was not going to call Obama because the US president was probably getting many phone calls.

“I think the letter is sufficient,” Lacierda said.

UK call for peace

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom on Thursday renewed its calls to countries with conflicting claims in the West Philippine Sea to settle their disputes according to international law.

Nicole Davis, head of the UK Foreign and Commonweath Office’s Asia-Pacific Security Team, said the British government was keen on seeing a peaceful resolution to tensions in the sea, home to vast mineral deposits and sea-lanes vital to global trade. With a report from Tarra Quismundo

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  • Raul

    Paano kaya pag nagka giyera na. eh Puro homosekswal ang mga tauhan ng China. ano chu chu pa nalang. ganun?

    • AFPako

       Once PLAN marines take control of Luzon  , kayumanmangs must start chupapa Chinese troops.  This will happen if kayumangmangs want to take the next step .

  • Ben

    China has no centralizing figure to keep their communist party strong, so the hardliners try to do what is proven in a communists..sow or stoke fear … that`s the reason why Hu and others are posturing to wrestle control by playing “fear” to the people and the party, ……not like when Mao is alive. The problem with this posturing by Hu, the people do not want war….remove the communist control and they will not really want the isles or South China sea…what they really wanted is freedom and Democarcy. It is Hu and the communists in the party who are in fear of losing control so they play macho to rally the party`s control over the people and….over their military that when war comes will seize control to unleash their yearning to go to war. But However China shows their equipments…HU acknowledges that they still do ont have the capacity to fight Japan and the rest of her allies including the US, Australia, south Korea, etc.. that`s why he said this.,,take note…we should..not we already China is just a nuisance and should never be allowed to become a superpower with hang ups..

    “We should enhance our capacity for exploiting marine resources, resolutely safeguard China’s maritime rights and interests, and build China into a maritime power,” Hu said in his speech to more than 2,200 delegates in Beijing.

    we can match China through multilateralism and coalition…through unity with other countries, then there is strength…

  • justice_league03

    If the Aquino admin didnt start running their mouths and acting all brave against this super power country, the ties would have been a lot warmer. which could make the negotiation regarding this matter somehow easier.

  • JEO

    if they are superpower, it is because they are more populated country and our government must work harder to secure our resources and interest and should not act like a cry baby! make our country powerful too! firstly, improve the economy, bring investors here in our country then protect them so it can create jobs. secondly, improve our system and clean corruption!  Then from our income or resosurces build this country to the next level!

    • Guest

      Kailangan din nila linisin ang mga “hao shiao” na kumpanya gaya sa mining. Kunwaring mga pinoy ang owner yun pala inuubos na ng mga instik ang mineral resources natin. Kahit sa mga business sa paligid gaya sa Divisoria. Pinoy ang registered owner, pero makikita mo inuutus-utusan lang ng mga intsik.

      • AFPako

        Anong hao shiao , unggok? Natutunan mo lang yan sa beer garden kasama mong intsik na kaibigan ? ANg Pinas ay  hindi kayumangmang lahat, ang intsik nandito na noon pa. At ang mga pangalan rin nyo ay hindi kastila sounding kundi mga unggoy sa Indonesya at Malayo , mga Moros pa nga.
        Once the Kachilas took over they imposed their dirty and racist rules , one has to convert or adopt Castilian surnames. Kaya maraming intsik na kachila ang last names. This was part of adopting the socalled laws of Kachilas of the time. If one had ethnic Chinese names they wanted you to make it sound kastila. Many did this in Luzon but not to a larger scale in Visayas at Mindanao.
        And many of the kayumangmangs or lolos of your bloodline also followed by changing their names to Castillian surnames. Thats the evolution. Huwag kang magsabi na mga intsik dito ay gumagamit lang nila ang pinoy surnames to cover their ancestry and do business. No , that s B S. It was what transpired in the racist period of Spanish rule . Convert to catholicism and change your identity to Espanioles.
        If you dont hispanised your last names, then you will have more trouble down the road. The Kachilas had very racist laws during their colonial days . They will discriminate you in just about anything to make your life miserable like you cannot get a job in govt, cannot enroll in education, red tape , pay more taxes, declared a heretic by the catholic church, not given proper burial rights , property subject to harassment and confiscation , many more. So Chinese had to convert their names and so did your kayumangmang forefathers. Kachillas were that discriminatory and racist. They ruled by imposing fear thru the Romano Katoliko, hawak nila lahat .

      • Guest

        Teka lang ho, I have nothing against Chinese people. Sa illegal na gawain lang nila. Malinaw yon. Tatay ko mismo half-Chinese. Apelido ko mismo “hispanicized” chinese surname. Easy lang. Wala akong mabanggit na wala dapat sila dito. 

      • Guest

        At hindi ko rin sila inakusahang gumagamit ng pinoy na pangalan. Pinoy na taong kunwaring owner ng business nila. Yan ho ang sinasabi ko. Alam ko yan dahil matagal din akong tumira sa Binondo. Kung anu-ano na sinabi niyo dyan.

      • AFPako

        The laws of this country has always remained discriminatory towards foreigners be it  Chinese, Arabs, Hindus, Africans and except familiar sounding names spanish and caucasian whties. 
        Basta puti at kachila sounding names, okey lang.  333 yrs of Kachila and 48 yrs of American rule , they were racist by nature. They enacted laws for the inhabitants to changed their surnames or face discrimination and prejudice.
        And without a doubt it carried to this day .  Even our immigration laws  dictates one parent  has to be pinoy citizen  in order for their kids to be citizen of this country even if they were born here.. If both parents are foreigners, then the kid has to reach 21yrs of age to become pinoy. In American, once you were born inside their land even with non US citizen parent background, you are automatically US citizen with all the rights therewith.  Kaya ang damng mga llegal sa tate but their kids are americans.

      • Raul

        Ugok! Anong disccriminatory. Chupa ping ang ginagawa mo tpos may alam ka sa polisiya ng pilipina. Bugok!

  • JJF724

    If China’s next leader will support Ho Jintao declaration to become Maritime Power and with the reelection of Obama…  world war III might be coming sooner than later.  Add to the worry on last month report that Iran can build nuclear bomb within 10 months…  if Israel found out they actually did, then Israel will not wait and act.  Too many deceases, typhoon and earthquake…  married woman competing with singles on getting in bed as much guys they can get ….  Revelation already warn us.

  • bugoybanggers

    Ibigay na kasi ninyo ang LUZON kasama na ang MINDORO sa CHINA. Sige na masyado na kayong madaldal.

  • Raul

    China conduct widespread measures to prevent internet access. Via satellite is the option for media access. Many Chinese outrageous started riot in western Xinjiang City. China’s fall down is inevitable.

  • Lolo Mo

     Chinese corroborator has no place in our government. These traitors like Malacanyang oath to be thrown to shark infested sea so we can protect our national sovereignty. Stupid Chinese! 

  • Lolo Mo

    In the second thought, why do we let Chinese in our government speaks in our behalf? They absolutely has no business representing the general sentiment of the Filipinos. Let us not vote the likes of PNoy and his hordes (all Chinese) comes May 2013 election.

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