US solon hails PH handling of China Sea issue

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MANILA, Philippines—A visiting lawmaker from the United States has lauded the Philippines’ “restraint” in dealing with China over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) issue and he hoped the Chinese side would “understand the need” to settle the long-drawn-out territorial dispute soon.

US Rep. Jeff Miller, who leads a five-member delegation of US lawmakers on a three-day visit here, also reiterated his government’s support for a peaceful resolution of the dispute, an issue of keen interest to the US amid its defense pivot to the Asia Pacific.

“We appreciate the restraint that the government here has shown in going through the arbitration process. I’m hopeful that China will be able to understand the need to resolve this issue as soon as possible,” Miller told the Inquirer while visiting the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Taguig City.

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario had briefed the delegation—Miller and fellow US Representatives Gus Bilirakis, Timothy Walz, Michael Michaud and Josiah Bonner—on the West Philippine Sea issue during the group’s courtesy call at the Department of Foreign Affairs on Thursday.

During the meeting, the Philippine side explained the country’s move to hale China to the United Nations arbitration tribunal in a bid to invalidate the Chinese side’s “nine-dash line” claim over territories in the contested region of the South China Sea, including a portion the Philippines refers to as the West Philippine Sea.

The legal action, formally rejected by China on Tuesday, is also aimed at stopping Chinese incursions into Philippine territorial waters as defined under the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

The Philippines has said the compulsory process will continue even without China’s participation, hopeful that the latter will respect the result of the arbitration as a “responsible country.” China has said it preferred to discuss the issue with the Philippines bilaterally.

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  • DakuAkongUtin

    USA is backing China on the South China Sea claim. Why? They either have to give up Hawaii and Guam both strategic naval hotspots in their global power projection,  or stand amongst countries like the Catholic Pinas who sees UNCLOG and ITLOG as like the Biblical Dogma, Torah or Sharia Law of the sea.

    To beloved America ,  UK and France,  please give up your imperial rights to Hawaii , Guam , Northern Ireland, Diego Garcia, Cayman Is, Ascension, Turks and Caicos, Gibraltar,  Falklands,  South Georgia, Puerto Rico,  British and American Virgin Islands,   American Samoa, Wake Island, Midway Is, Guantanamo, French Caledonia, French Guyana, Guadeloupe, St Martinique, etc and stand in the true ideals of UNCLOS and ITLOG, the bible of the sea.

    • yew_tan

      And Flips will have to give up Sanfotsi(the Philippines Islands) to China for it is rightfully their in the first place.  Flips deserve no land to call their own if they can not protect and defend to hold on to what they’ve got. In this world, there’s no room for complacency. If someone found, you are holding on to something of value, you’d better be ready to protect it even if it meant losing your life just to keep hold on to it. You don’t have to have a common enemy to arm and protect you. Everybody around you is a potential enemy…. just give them a reason to and they will turn to be.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        you have it wrong everyone around china is a potential enemy. lets see you attacked india russia vietnam tibet. thailand is afraid you are going to attack them. your not exactly friends with south korea or japan. you do have north korea a insane nation. good luck with that. the tibetans tried to hold own what was their own and you murdered hundreds of thousands of them. they are still dying to get their freedom

      • alfred e newman

         and chinkys give up rites to sanfots for.  never be theirs chinkys deserve no land to call own just stolen land if thet cant protect what thay got Hong Kong  Senkaku lol no room for loser lol   rest goof bully talk!!chinakys punishment coming well deserved too

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/NYKIOQEDTUD4FPPPVHP6XMFNEA Raul

      Ano??? Nanaginip ka nanaman??? Ok lang yan wala kang talo dyan at least kahit sa panaginip manlang. 23 countries recognized Taiwan plus 100 saan kaya pupunta ang China dyan? naku nagpapatawa ka tlaga.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      god your stupid hawaii is a state and neither the people of hawaii and guam want to leave america. if that is true mongolia should own you they conquered you puerto rico voted and they want to be a state. its up to the people dumb dumb. and since when is america backing china we will give up wake when you give up tibet. i can say the more you talk the dumber you get. your brainwashing is wearing off

      • DakuAkongUtin

         I knew you would say that. I  expected to hear the same old argument.  Return Hawaii and Guam to the island natives .

      • Crazy_horse101010

        there is no natives in guam the spanish killed them all. the natives of hawaii want to part of america you going to kick them off. i have friends in hawaii and they are happy. shouldnt argue abot something you know nothung about makes you look stupider than you are 

      • DakuAkongUtin

        Thanks to the barrel of the gun and double edged swords. It all ends in bloodletting alright .
        Kudos to the power of the gun and sword.

    • alfred e newman

       how bout u give up rights to foolish unrelated diatribes lol

  • http://twitter.com/maanghang1 maanghang

    Challenge Nine-dashed Line ?

    It is too excessive challenge.

    Most of the Line has nothing to do with Philippine, what is the basis to challenge all ?

    China has claim on Senkakus, can PH challenge that ?

    • alfred e newman

       yes!    they could arm fishermen and send in 1000 boats . what china do then?  if they try boarding then the fishermen defend themselves ! then china has to explain international incident  .i say go and fight for your fishing grounds !!strength in numbers>solodarity

  • truth_will_set_us_free

    THESE CYBER HACKERS AND CRIMINALS SHOULD BE STOPPED.

    • DakuAkongUtin

       These cyber Peso Peso Party blowing  foul methane and must be stopped.

  • truth_will_set_us_free

    SHANGHAI IS THE HACKERS CAPITAL OF THE WORLD.

    • DakuAkongUtin

       Manila the  clogged estero capital of the world.

  • truth_will_set_us_free

    The Washington Times

    Propaganda on the Internet 

    More than 540 million people currently use the Internet in China, but there are also millions of Internet-based “opinion-guiding” agents employed by the Chinese government to control and censor every single Internet forum and portal. Secretly in the employment of the Chinese government, these censors officially are called “Internet commentators” but popularly known as the “50-Cents Party.” The nickname can be traced to October 2004 when the Hunan provincial Community Party Propaganda Department pioneered the system of paying 50 cents in Chinese yuan per posting to Internet agents hired specifically to write postings that seek to counter every piece the government dislikes.Based on the Hunan model in 2007, then-Communist Party General Secretary Hu Jintao issued a directive in creating a massive “Internet commentator army” made up of “comrades who are ideologically resolute, skilled in Internet technology and familiar with the approach and language of the common Internet users.” The job of the agents is to “guide public opinions expressed on the Internet.” Since then, these diligent 50-Cents Party members have proliferated by the millions at every Internet portal in China’s vast cyberspace, scanning and searching, incognito, for any “negative opinions” to counter. The postings are designs to appear as spontaneous, individual responses.In reality, these 50-Cents Party members are under the control of Communist Party propaganda apparatus at all levels of government.In Beijing alone, 1 in 10 residents in the capital city of 20 million are “propaganda workers,” according to the city’s vice mayor and municipal party propaganda chief Lu Wei, who spoke at a Propaganda Workers’ Conference on Jan. 17.He disclosed that 60,000 professional “propaganda workers” are directly in the employ by the city government and more than 2 million informal collaborators work as the city’s propaganda team, most of them on university campuses and youth-oriented organizations that are most likely Internet-based. At the conference, the Beijing propaganda chief ordered his propaganda army troops to master the Internet posting skills “in order to create positive energy” by posting Twitter-like messages exalting the Communist Party’s image and achievement, providing “opinion-guidance” on “hot topics” such as corruption, housing, and inequality.

    • Miles Yu’s column appears Thursdays. He can be reached at mmilesyu@gmail.com.

  • truth_will_set_us_free

    THE ATHEIST COMMUNISTS ARE LOSING STEAM.

    • DakuAkongUtin

       Lalong bumabantut ang ututs mo , that is the truth your dirty azz  kayumangmang !

    • kanoy

       THE ATHEIST COMMUNIST HIRE FILIPINO OFW,,,,,BECAUSE THEY HAVE JOBS AND THE TOP WORLD ECONOMY,,,,THE CATHOLIC FRAUDULENT DEMOCRACY GLADLY WORKS AS SLAVES OF THE ATHEIST COMMUNIST BECAUSE THEIR COUNTRY IS DIRT POOR AND OFFERS NO JOBS

      • kanoy

         THEY WENT AFTER 2 ….TOOK 1 LOST 1 JAPAN CAN EASILY DEFEND THEIR POSSESSIONS….THE RP DID NOT AND CAN NOT SO AS COMMON SENSE DICTATES TAKE WHAT YOU CAN GET AND LEAVE THE REST ALONE…CHINA IS FAR FROM DONE WITH THE RP WITH HUNDREDS OF ISLANDS TO CHOOSE FROM…THEY WILL MORE THAN FILL THE VOID LEFT BY JAPAN…AS FOR BEING #2 THAT MILESTONE HAPPENED 3 YRS AGO,,,TODAY THEY ARE NUMBER 1 IN A FEW AREAS
        BUT #1 OR 2 TRYING TO COMPARE THE BROKE ASH RP TO EITHER IS NOT BRIGHT

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