DFA ‘positive’ about PH-China economic relations despite arbitration case


Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez. INQUIRER.NET FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday said that it remained “positive” that the Philippines and China will move forward with their bilateral economic relations despite the arbitration case filed before the United Nations (UN) for the settlement of their disputes in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

“We are positive that we will be focused on enhancing our relationship as far as trade, investment, and tourism are concerned,” Assistant Secretary and DFA spokesperson Raul Hernandez told reporters when asked about the effects of the case on the economic relations between the two countries.

Hernandez also reiterated the DFA’s view that since arbitration was a peaceful means of settling disputes, there should be no adverse effects on trade relations. He also noted that President Benigno Aquino III and former Chinese President Hu Jintao had previously agreed that “the bilateral agenda will be moved forward while we deal with these contentious issues separately.”

Hernandez also reiterated the Philippine position that it would push through with its case before the UN after China issued a belated appeal for the two countries to deal with the issues through bilateral negotiations.

“We have been doing that and we have exhausted that initiative and that’ s why we have decided to pursue the legal track…..We have been engaging them and exchanging views but nothing moved forward,” Hernandez said.

Earlier reports had noted that Palace spokesperson Edwin Lacierda had said that China’s appeal for negotiated settlement came too late for the Philippines had already filed a notification and statement of claim in the UN, and that the next logical step would be for the body to ask China to respond to the Philippine challenge.

China, in its appeal made through the Chinese embassy in Manila, had noted that the Philippine move would only complicate the issue, as it maintained its protest against what it described as the “Philippines’ illegal occupation of the islands in the seas.”

The Philippines had been pushing for a multilateral approach to solving the territorial disputes while China had consistently maintained that it wants settlement through bilateral negotiations among claimant states.

Hernandez, meanwhile, also noted that while the Philippines has moved forward in pursuing its legal track, the other approaches – political and diplomatic – would still be pursued.

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  • joboni96

    kolonisadong utak din tong hernandez

    redirect trade to india brazil russia

    para ma rollback intsik switik control
    of our economy

    palitan na nga itong bulol na ito
    we need a spokesman with more chi presence

  • Albert Einstien

    ninakawan na tayo harap-harapan positive pa kayo…..NOBODY can DISPUTE the fact that the FIRST CLAIMANT of the SPRATLY ISLANDS is SPAIN as part of the territory of the PHILIPPINES in 1606 … In our democratic world ..the ONE WHO POSSESS the oldest CLAIM is the TRUE OWNER…when SOVEREIGNTY ATTACHES it is there forever…even if there will be wars..the invading country will only have DE FACTO authority but then it will be RETURNED or revert back to the DE JURE owner after war is ended….with HEAVY PENALTY of course…who KNOWS RP will get HALF of china as reparations in the future if they will WAGE WAR ….they know the rules of war that is why they keep on bullying & pestering us ..hoping our NOYNOYING govt with a CHINOY president ( a BLOOD relative ) will sign a CESSION of the islands..NO WAY…..even PNOY-chinoy as agent of the state can not bind the STATE & PEOPLE on territorial & sovereignty give-aways ..the State, as represented by the government, is not estopped by the mistakes or errors of its officials or agents…our jurisprudence is RICH with such doctrines… !!


  • junsepara

    are we trying to appease a bully?? we should never trade with the chinks until this despute is over, the world is out there waiting for our trade and vice versa, china is but one country bullying us and we can survive without them just like before!!!

  • Carromatero_Sanchis

    Squabble with China is good for Philippines. It unites most of us against a foreign evil. It, also, encourage us to be more pro-active in stopping their bad intentions. The posting of commies makes this discussion colorful. In a movie plot there are always bad characters.

  • DakuAkongUtin

    USA is in big dodo freefall and decline.  China is rising more than ever at an unstoppable pace. Pinas can either choose to go with bankrupt uncle Obama or to financially stable China .

    Instead of rising from financial shztdoom and getting out of Afghanistan the US and allies are getting into another front in North Africa. There just no end for them to go bankrupt. They are addicted to war . Now they want to confront China using Kayu and Japo Nations..

    • Raul

      Chupa ka nalang. Sayang ang laway mo tol….

      • DakuAkongUtin

         Na selos naman ang raubayut. Noon pa yang ugaling kayumangmang . Patay gutom talaga kulang sa pansin…

    • Hendot2012

      Whatever… communist

  • pagsinta

    Sa mga mata ko ay pawang ligaya
    ang inihahandog ng bawa’t makita,
    pati ng libingang malayo’t ulila
    wari’y halamanang pugad ng ginhawa;
    sa aking akala’y tila maliit pa
    itong Daigdigan sa aking panata.
    Papaano, Ngayo’y
    nagwagi ang layon.

    • Hendot2012

      Parang NPA lang kumanta ah… Yan ba usong kanta sa bundok?

  • boyfarmer

    Slow down on investment and trade with china to avoid being choked by china in he future. . . this West Philippine Sea dispute will go on for years. 

    • StrategicSafe

       It might be good for ASEAN as PH will not bark and cry for years to come. Wait til the world court final verdict it might make PH bark and cry again.

      • Hendot2012

        Okay lang at least pinaglaban natin

  • Carromatero_Sanchis


    Good Thing Philippine Air Carriers are not on the list. Check the No. 1 worst airline

    Of 60 ranked airlines, here are the ten with the worst safety records,
    including the number of hull losses and passenger deaths in these accidents
    since 1983:

    #10 SkyWest Airlines: 3 hull losses; 22 dead

    #9 South African Airways: 1 hull loss; 159 dead

    #8 Thai Airways International: 5 hull losses; 309 dead

    #7 Turkish Airlines: 6 hull losses, 188 dead

    #6 Saudia: 4 hull losses; 310 dead

    #5 Korean Air: 9 hull losses; 687 dead

    #4 GOL Transportes Aéreos: 1 hull loss; 154 dead

    #3 Air India:
    3 hull losses; 329 dead

    #2 TAM Airlines: 6 hull losses; 336 dead

    #1 China
    Airlines: 8 hull losses; 755 dead

    • pagsinta

      Idiot, tagna, moron.

      Spend days to find negative information about China and posted it like a cheer leader.

       Unfortunately, China Airlines is is the flag carrier of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

      When will your bobo simpleton grow up ?

      • Hendot2012

        Go to China, you communist!

  • Concerned Citizen

    In the 1950s, China was able to get the landed Chinese people to agree to give up their land  in pursuit of their experiment of a classless society through bilateral negotiations.  How?  The CCP made afternoon meetings extend to even up to several weeks of stay-in meeting until the land owners tire from such extra-ordinary persistence of the CCP and agree to just give up what they own.  Strange but effective so expect them to employ something similar to this to anyone.  Such activities by the way  ended with 18million to 42million people dead in a very short period of 3years called the Great Leap Forward.

    The CCP knows firsthand the effectiveness of bilateral talks in getting what they want.  That is why they insist this type of negotiation.  Our senators may or may not know this fact but let’s just hope they are supporting  bilateral talks out of ignorance and not out of a cruel intention to bring the country down.   I hope the government  takes a deeper understanding of China and the CCP before getting the Filipino people on board China’s plans.  CCP agents and diplomats may not tell everything that we should know.  We should understand that they are only doing their jobs that they may even be accountable even with their life.  Our government should also take a hint and look into what our neighbors are into ( ex. investing in their defense).  We were probably the last one to know of China’s intentions on us and maybe we can do a better job next time in being responsible to ourselves.

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