China’s role in Southeast Asia questioned


Map showing the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea (south China Sea), including the Spratlys Islands and Scarborough Shoal. AFP

BEIJING – China is finding the once friendly ground of Southeast Asia bumpy going, with anger against Chinese claims to disputed islands, once reliable ally Myanmar flirting with democracy and renewed American attention to the region.

The changing terrain for Beijing was on view this past week at a conclave of East Asian nations in Cambodia. Wen Jiabao, China’s lame duck premier, got into a sharp exchange over the contested South China Sea islands.

The leaders of the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam reacted furiously when host Cambodia suggested that all sides agreed not to bring outside parties into the dispute — a reference to the U.S.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama, buoyed by his Myanmar visit, projected an image of a confident, friendly America, calling for a reduction in tensions and seemingly taking no sides.

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  • pantas

    questioned by whom ? a handful imperialism minded bullying morons ?

  • orchid

    Cambodia is China’s female dog.

  • sl1

    It is about time for the Philippines to do what ever necessary to protect our territories from China which is trying to grab islands within our 200 miles exclusive economic zone . We know that what China is doing are illegal under the UNCLOS thus we should ask China to remove their ships in our territories and if they don’t we should do it by force to show to them that they can’t bully small nation as ours when we are in the right side. It is about time for our president to order AFP to do what ever it takes to fight for our rights.

    • pantas

       you are the only one still think EEZ is the basis for the claim.

       It is a wrong thinking.

  • DakuAkongUtin

    Huwag mag alala ang mga kayumangmang. Once the PLAN has mastered carrier operations in the future , they are planning to make more depending on how these western bullies pushed China and how these South China Sea squatters would test Chinese resolve. Tandaan nyo yan , mga kayumangmangs. Hindi nagbibiro ang Tsina. South China SEa is part of ancient China and no one violates it.

  • blainz

    A look at wikipedia’s entry for the Cambodian Prime Minister tells you a lot about why China finds him an agreeable partner.

    “In 1987, Amnesty International accused Hun Sen’s government of torture of thousands of political prisoners using “electric shocks, hot irons and near-suffocation with plastic bags.””

    “In a very bold move after the UN monitored elections he refused to step down from the post…”
    “…Hun Sen launched the 1997 Cambodian Coup, replacing Ranariddh with Ung Hout as the First Prime Minister and himself…”

    “…summary execution of FUNCINPEC ministers…”

    “Hun Sen’s government has been responsible for the sale of land to foreign investors in 2007-08 resulting in the eviction of thousands of residents from their homes.”

    “Cambodia’s people are also trying to send out a message to U.S. President, Barack Obama. Eight villagers of Phnom Penh were arrested for painting “SOS” and plastering Obama’s picture on their rooftops.”


    Killing and toturing political opponents, launching a coup, selling his own country… for Cambodians it must be like having Marcos, Honasan, and Gloria all rolled into one. Perfect Chinese puppet material.

    • DakuAkongUtin

      Dont worry too much about Cambodia, worry about your  own dirty azz. Pinas is living in a shzthole yan dapat ang focus mo.

      • blainz

        You presume to tell me what to think about?

        For someone who considers the Philippines a “shzthole”, you spend all too much time reading its news and commenting on it.

        Worry about your Chinese masters taking it to your gāngmén instead of pestering Filipinos with your traitorous rants.

  • pepito gwaps

    ” Ang para kay Ceasar ay ibigay kay Ceasar ang para sa Kanya ay ibigay sa Kanya.” To reflect, hindi ibig sabihin lumalakas ang economy ng China ay tayo ay magpaparaya sa kanila. Ang usapang territoryo at dignidad ng Filipino race ay iba sa usaping sino marami ang pera o sino ang mas mayaman na bansa. Ang para kay Juan ay ibigay kay Juan at wag nang umepal pa si LIMAHONG. Kung sakaling di ninyo makita ang pt. ko kasi maliit mata ng mga intsik. AT kung sakaling matigas talaga ang ulo ng mga kumunistang intsik itry nyong lusubin ang Pinas at gagawin nyo lang miserable buhay nyo at sigurado mauubos kayong parang bula. Makakaratinglang kayo dito pero at hindi na makakabalik.

    • DakuAkongUtin

      Ang kababaehan na  kayumangmangs  ay hindi para sa kanilang kamamayan kundi para sa mga puti, negro , intsik, hapones, arabos at latinos.  Ang lalaking kayumangmang ay walang bayag kaya magka karaoke ka na lang para mapansin, mangdudurukot, magnanakaw at mamatay tao. Lastly, sumasama sa mga backstabbers para sipsip.

      • pepito gwaps

        Uy! Chekwang nagtatago sa name ng AFPako. Punta ka ng Malaysia at Singapore sa gabi maglakad lakad ka at makikita mo daming pokpok don na kalahi mo. Friendly mga pinoy dahil micropone lang hawak ng marami, pero pag pinalitan namin ng M14 yon baka maubos kayo.

      • DakuAkongUtin

        Hehehehe,. ang tapang mo Pepitong-unggok. Ang M 14 ng bayan ay luma na pati ang bala kulang . Bakit nagkaganon ? Alam mo nang sagot, diba? ANg sagot ay ninakaw sa mga kamanders ang dapat sa gagamitin ng mga sundalo. Huwag mo kong tatakutin , gok, alam kung ugali at estilo mo noon pa….

      • pepito gwaps

        He.he.unggoy na singkit tumigil ka.

      • Mackey Grande

        sumubra ang kain ng fetus…

    • Ismael Bihasa

      AFP..tandaan mo ang sinabi sa iyo ni Pepito..ang kay Pedro ay kay Pedro at ang kay Juan ay kay JUan..huwag na huwag mong kakalimutan iyan, itaga mo sa bato.

    • Ismael Bihasa

      Huwag na huwag kang magmamalinis afp kung sino ka man..kung totoong may bayag ka dapat hindi ka gumagamit ng alyas. mukhang lusaw ang bahay itlog mo bata.

  • simonibarra27

    America is on a decline while China is Rising logically the choice is clear, Change is the only thing constant in the universe. Just let it be wag nang kumontra. besides USA owes a lot of BILLIONS of $ to China. pag naningil na ito US has no leverage. China invented the art of war!

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