Philippines hits China plan to fortify Sansha


The Philippines on Wednesday denounced China’s decision to strengthen islands at the center of territorial disputes in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) as a violation of international law.

“Sansha City has been a subject of a Philippine protest as its administrative jurisdiction encompasses Philippine territory and maritime zones in the West Philippine Sea,” the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said, referring to China’s announcement that it would develop Woody Island in the Paracels and other islands in the sea that the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries are disputing.

“China’s action to fortify Sansha City is an attempt to reinforce its excessive nine-dash claim, which is a violation of international law, especially the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea,” said DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez.

Hernandez said the Philippines would press ahead with its political, legal and diplomatic plans to resolve its dispute with China over Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) and seven islands in the Spratlys in the West Philippine Sea.

Besides the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam claim parts of the sea that is home to sea-lanes vital to global trade and vast deposits of oil and gas.

Taiwan also claims parts of the sea, nearly all of which China insists is part of its territory.

$1.6-billion investment

In a report on Monday, business and financial news agency Bloomberg quoted the 21st Century Business Herald as saying that China had approved plans to invest at least $1.6 billion to build an airport, pier and other infrastructure on islands involved in territorial disputes with its Southeast Asian neighbors.

The report quoted Jiang Dingzhi, governor of China’s Hainan province, as saying that the plans were intended as “a platform for Sansha’s development in the long term.”

“Sansha’s immediate work is for airports, ports, piers and other important infrastructure, as well as law enforcement vessels, supply ships and other projects to be established,” Jiang was quoted as saying in a statement.

“In the long term, we need to implement a platform for Sansha’s development,” Jiang added.

Garrison town

Sansha is a garrison town on Woody Island, one of the islands, reefs and atolls that Vietnam is claiming in the Paracel archipelago in its part of the area that it calls East Sea.

Bloomberg, still quoting the 21st Century Herald, said the funds for Sansha would also be spent on marine law enforcement and ocean fisheries and that construction of some facilities had already started.

The Philippines and Vietnam have protested China’s creation of Sansha.

China built Sansha in June for the administration of the Paracels and the Spratlys.

The DFA said Sansha’s jurisdiction covered the Kalayaan Island Group in the Spratlys, which “is an integral part of the Philippine territory falling under the municipality of Kalayaan in Palawan province.”

“For this reason, the Philippines does not recognize Sansha City and the extent of its jurisdiction and considers recent measures taken by China as unacceptable,” Hernandez said.

New border rules

In late November, Hainan province announced new maritime rules that would allow its border patrols to board, search and expel foreign ships that enter what it considers its territory in the sea.

The new rules, believed to have approval from Beijing, would come into effect on Jan. 1.

China also issued a new passport on which is stamped a map showing the entire sea as part of its territory.

The Philippines and Vietnam have protested the new maritime rules and the map on the new Chinese passport and refused to stamp visas on it.

Other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have expressed fears the new Chinese maritime rules could lead to armed confrontations in disputed parts of the sea.

The United States, which has declared it has a “national interest” in freedom of navigation in the sea, has asked China to clarify the extent and purpose of the new border rules.

Originally posted at 4:17 pm | Wednesday, December 26, 2012

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  • kulas2

    Please read this news today:

    Julie Keith was unpacking some of last year’s Halloween decorations when she stumbled upon an upsetting letter wedged into the packaging. 

    Tucked in between two novelty headstones that she had purchased at Kmart, she found what appeared to be a letter from the Chinese laborer, who had made the decoration,pleading for help. 

    Samsung in hot seat over abusing Chinese workers 

    The letter reads: “Sir, if you occasionally buy this product, please kindly resend this letter to the World Human Right Organization. Thousands people here who are under the persecution of the Chinese Communist Party Government will thank and remember you forever.” 

    “I was so frustrated that this letter had been sitting in storage for over a year, that this person had written this plea for help and nothing had come of it.” Julie Keith told Yahoo! Shine. “Then I was shocked. This person had probably risked their life to get this letter in this package.” 

    The letter describes the conditions at the factory: “People who work here have to work 15 hours a day without Saturday, Sunday break and any holidays. Otherwise, they will suffer torturement, beat and rude remark. Nearly no payment (10 yuan/1 month).” That translates to about $1.61 a month. 

    The letter was found inside this packagingKeith, a mom who works at the Goodwill in Portland, Oregon, did some research into the letter. “I looked up this labor camp on the internet. Some horrific images popped up, and there were also testimonials about people who had lived through this camp. It was just awful.”

    Horrified, Keith took to Facebook. She posted an image of the letter to ask friends for advice. One responded with a contact at Amnesty International. Keith made several attempts to alert them about the letter, but the organization never responded.With no response from various human rights organizations, Keith took her story to The Oregonian. “The reporter, Rachel Stark, got through to Human Rights Watch, but I had no luck.”This is not the first time a letter like this has turned up. Just this week, another plea was found written in Chinese on a toilet seat and posted on Reddit. Commenters on the website have questioned the letters’ authenticity.Though the letter lists the address of the specific camp, officials at Human Rights Watch were unable to verify the authenticity of the letter. However, Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch, told The Oregonian that the description was consistent with their research. “I think it is fair to say the conditions described in the letter certainly conform to what we know about conditions in re-education through labor camps.”The concern over the conditions laborers must endure in China and other countries first came to the public eye in the 1980s with the use of sweatshops to make Nike sneakers. Since then, according to an article recently published in The New York Times, Nike “has convened public meetings of labor, human rights, environmental and business leaders to discuss how to improve overseas factories.” Tech companies, like Apple and Hewlett Packard, are being made to be accountable for their labor practices. After receiving a great deal of criticism, Apple is now making public statements that they are aware of the harsh conditions in China and are taking steps to improve them. As for Julie Keith, she had a general idea about the conditions in Chinese labor camps, but this letter has been a dramatic eye-opener into the stark reality of the issue. “I was aware of labor camps. I knew they had factories but I had no idea of the gravity of the situation. I didn’t realize how bad it could be for people.” Finding the letter has made Keith more aware of the origin of many products sold in the United States. “As I was doing my Christmas shopping this year, I checked every label. It’s virtually impossible to avoid purchasing things made in China as over 90 percent of our goods are made there. But if I saw ‘made in China,’ this year I asked myself, ‘do I really need this?'”

    • Eagle from Davao

      We can boycott the products made in china and send a strong letter to these companies such as apple,samsung,lg,and nearly all of these companies to stop their china operations and relocate their plants somewhere else.

  • dragonian

    well….i’ve been away for just a few days. i can see you learned a lot running around the web. cut and paste articles from other shiit holes. very convenient. isn’t is? i’ve told you already those white monkeys and brown chimps like you virtually earned a living or a name for themselves just by doing this.

    i thought may be there is something new this time. then i notice it was just another FALUN GANG’S PIECE OF SHIIT.

    reeducation facilities in China is prisons for people with minor crimes. you chimps call them labor camps. of course you work inside prison. to earn yourself a few more rolls of toilet paper to wipe your azz instead of using your hands and lick it up later. or also to earn yourself a few more bananas to eat just in case they fed you with FALUN GANG’S SHIIT everyday of your miserable life. in case you whined about their low salary. let me ask you….how much did your mother’slan’s prison pay their inmates? a million a month i am sure….

    oh yes….i can also sneak a piece of note inside a piece of banana praising to the world your mother’slan’s perfect human right record and their humane treatments of the inmates inside the prison. —- just in case your white masters enjoy the same piece of banana as you.

    as for FALUN GANG’S SHIIT. you will never running out of it. go find some more, boy.

    and one more thing……….your article below – the sixth sentence “Samsung in hot seat over abusing Chinese workers” have no relevance with what your favorite lady China basher said. please read carefully before you paste. not just cut and paste, cut and paste, cut and paste, cut and paste, cut and paste, cut and paste, cut and paste, cut and paste, cut and paste, cut and paste, cut and paste, cut and paste, cut and paste, cut and paste……………………………………..

  • kulas2

    Come on chinaman, we all know that China is a communist country therefore what kind of a chinaman could possibly be posting chinese propaganda on foreign boards? Those that is being paid is one, like the so called 50 cent broke party? I 

    You can sneak something in a banana??? Is that you? Well your government censored the note but it turned out your note has parasites that is why they stopped shipment of the bananas from the Philippines.

    As you requested here is another one, the latest and thanks for reading my notes.

    China unveiled tighter Internet controls on Friday, legalizing the deletion of posts or pages which are deemed to contain “illegal” information and requiring service providers to hand over such information to the authorities for punishment.Chinese authorities and Internet companies such as Sina Corp have long since closely monitored and censored what people say online, but the government has now put measures such as deleting posts into law.”Service providers are required to instantly stop the transmission of illegal information once it is spotted and take relevant measures, including removing the information and saving records, before reporting to supervisory authorities,” the rules state.The restrictions follow a series of corruption scandals amongst lower-level officials exposed by Internet users, something the government has said it is trying to encourage.Li Fei, deputy head of parliament’s legislative affairs committee, said the new rules did not mean people needed to worry about being unable to report corruption online. But he added a warning too.Chinese Internet users already cope with extensive censorship measures, especially over politically sensitive topics like human rights and elite politics, and popular foreign sites Facebook, Twitter and Google-owned YouTube are blocked.Earlier this year, the government began forcing users of Sina’s wildly successful Weibo microblogging platform to register their real names.

  • dragonian

    you really think i am a Chinaman posting this blog from China? damnn…….what am i doing….?,,,,,….talking to a dipshiit hairless brownazz monkey being washed down from the jungles ravaged by the december storm that happened in this mother’slan of yours?

    before i let you go boy,…let me ask you……………..what is communism?…..learn about it first before you comment about things in China…..OK?….

    now go boy………………..

    talk and talk, cut and paste.
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  • kulas2

    Hmmmm. You let me go while you are asking me a question? tsk tsk tsk.  Jungle? Storm? Concrete jungle maybe.

    A chinaman asking a free man what is communism? Correction chinaman, I never commented about things in china. if you are talking about the news I posted…they are news and not my comments.

    You are posting your ideas repeatedly. kind of how you brainwash your people?

    • dragonian

      why you posted those articles and commented it? you like bashing China for a reason…………………….much better., for a price or salary…………………………….

      • kulas2

        Huh? Those I posted are news, it is all over the web. I support the “Boycott made in China products” and i would like to drag everybody on it. Salary? he he he It is all voluntary.

  • dragonian

    come on mate……………..don’t be so apologetic. i’ve seen you too tongue-tighted in response of @Kaizensigma’s questions to you…….never mind boy…….

  • kulas2

    Tongue tied? Scroll down below and look who is hiding now. Could you tell your buddy I need a response from his Asian Studies degree.

    You are gone? What happened? I hit some nerve?

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