DFA thanks US senators for draft resolution condemning China’s territorial claims

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DFA spokesperson Raul Hernandez INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines has extended its gratitude to members of the United States Senate for a draft resolution condemning Chinese incursions in disputed Asia-Pacific waters and calling for restraint and peaceful dialogue in settling territorial conflicts.

Department of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Raul Hernandez on Friday welcomed US Senate Resolution 167, filed June 10 in an effort to ease tensions in the South China Sea and the East China Sea.

The resolution, filed by US Senator Robert and his co-sponsors Senators Benjamin Cardin, Marco Rubio and Bob Corker, particularly cited China’s aggressive assertion of its nine-dash line claim in regional waters and sought to calm the tense air among claimants.

“We understand that the resolution has yet to undergo the necessary congressional process before it is passed by the US Senate, nonetheless, we extend our appreciation on the mere fact that some US senators have deigned it necessary to express their views on a fundamental issue that affects the peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific region,” Hernandez said in a statement issued Friday afternoon.

Hernandez said the Philippines “especially appreciates the reaffirmation of the peaceful resolution of disputes,” earlier expressed by top US officials in supporting the Philippines.

The resolution noted recent tension in Asia-Pacific waters, including Chinese incursions into the Ayungin and Panatag Shoals within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone in the West Philippine Sea, as the Manila government refers to part of the South China Sea.

It also cited China’s “unilateral steps” in laying claim to the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands (Diaoyu Islands to the Chinese) in the East China Sea.

The resolution also made reference to the Philippines’ arbitration bid against China in the United Nations, a process that seeks to clarify maritime boundaries in the West Philippine Sea, stop Chinese incursions into the country’s EEZ and nullify China’s nine-dash line claim to the waters.

It sought the US Senate’s condemnation of “the use of coercion, threats, or force… to assert disputed maritime or territorial claims or alter the status quo” and “strongly urges that all parties… to exercise self-restraint” in undertaking their respective activities within the waters.

The Philippines, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei have been asserting their respective claims to parts of the South China Sea while  Japan and China bicker over the East China Sea islands.

The resolution also expressed support for peaceful and diplomatic means of settling maritime disputes and for the United States’ political and military role in maintaining stability in the waters.

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  • banana na

    wag muna mag-thank you ng maaga…DFA ibang bansa nga di nga nila alam ang pinag-usapan ni OBAMA at CHINA PRESIDENT…..

  • disqus_ZrxaGjUzMQ

    Communist China do not respect Philippine Territory then Philippine will now recognize TAIWAN as the Legit Ruler of China

    Philippine should recognize TAIWAN as the Legitimate Chinese Government and Not Communist China – Communist China Do not Deserve Philippine Respect

    • kanoy

      IS THAT REALLY SURPRISING?
      EASIER QUESTION—> WHAT COUNTRY RESPECTS THE PHILIPPINES?
      EVEN FILIPINO DON’T RESPECT THE PHILIPPINES
      WHO CAN REALLY TAKE THIS COUNTRY SERIOUSLY AND WHY??

  • DGuardian

    Mabuti pa ang US Senate at may “draft resolution” na iniharap sa kanilang kapulungan tungkol sa pangangamkam ng China sa West Philippine Sea. Ang Philippine Senate at Lower House ay hindi man lamang bumabanggit ng anuman tungkol dito. Tanging si Representative Danilo Suarez lamang ang nagpahayag ng pagkabahala sa ginagawang pag-agaw ng China sa mga teritoryo ng Pilipinas at panghihinayang sa pagkaka-alis ng US military bases. Ang mga Senador at mga Kongresista natin ay mukhang abalang-abala sa pagpapadami ng kanilang mga pera,.Kung sakali mang kayo ay maging mga multi-milyonaryo at multi-bilyonaryo na, saan ninyo naman kaya gagamitin at pagpapasasaan ang inyong mga nakamal na mga salapi at iba pang mga uri ng yaman kung magulung-magulo na ang Pilipinas dahil sa iba’t ibang uri ng krimen, anarkiya, rebelyon, at iba pang uri ng pag-aalsa ng mga naghihirap na mga Pilipino? Third-rate citizens lamang ang kategorya ninyo sakaling makatakas kayo sa kaguluhan at makapunta sa ibang bansa. Sana ay magbago na kayo at itigilan ninyo na ang corruption at pagtratraidor sa bayan.

  • lucas

    It is in the best interests of the United States to keep prompting ASEAN countries like Vietnam and the Philippines to provoke China in the South China Sea while keeping the situation under control. The United States can achieve several goals by taking advantage of the South China Sea disputes, such as expanding its alliance with ASEAN countries to contain China. The support for the Philippines in the dispute can also help promote the sales of the US weapons to ASEAN allies while expanding the US military foothold in the region. We are under the “complete control” of the United States. They are not helping us, but instead helping themselves. What we need is a President like Marcos, during his first 3 year tenure, he was able to modernize the AFP making us one of the strongest country in asia militarily. He even ordered the Navy to destroy any foreign structures in the spratlys.

    • NoWorryBHappy

      Marcos was a US puppet, dimwit.
      He was a corrupt dictator who was tolerated by America because
      he server their interests.

      • kanoy

        hummm hey dimwit not 1 foreigner voted Marcos TWICE for President
        only FILIPINO!!

      • NoWorryBHappy

        Correct. And during that time, Marcos and his family
        siphoned billions of dollars into Swiss banks while our
        neighbors quietly strengthened their economies and military.
        And now that America is bankrupt, what ? China has overtaken
        Japan as the second strongest economy in the world and is now
        trying to unseat America. And you want to make Marcos president again ? Times have changed. Adapt or perish. DIMWIT !

      • kanoy

        just as every president since Marcos
        and all the MARCOS ARROYO ESTRADA BOINAY AMPATUAN LACSON ETC are still in office

        GO FIGURE THE FILIPINO VOTERS

      • fakereflection1

        then??? but admit it, during his time… we can defend our country without any assistance^^

      • NoWorryBHappy

        What do you mean without assistance ?
        Clark was being used as launching pad in the Vietnam war.
        That was not for free. The world was at the peak of the Cold War. Of course, America had no choice but to provide military
        assisstance which Marcos diverted to Swiss banks.
        And China was not America’s main rival as economic AND military superpower then. If Marcos were still the president today, American will just drop him on roadside. WE would have been in far worse situation. Much like Somalia. China would have invaded us already if Marcos macho ego came into play. China is now communist in name only. China is the world’s MOST SUCCESSFUL CAPITALIST economy.
        Beating America on its own turf. The world scenario has changed and America needs to adapt to survive.
        DIMWIT !

    • kanoy

      sorry Jhong you jumped ship in the wrong country–the US has had great arms sales to all members of ASEAN that matter for decades it serves the US no purpose to get in the disputes of these rocks China wants

      its not worth losing China help and influence with DPRK and their nuclear program

      Xi and Obama just came off a 2 day meeting and immediately afterward China instructed the DPRK to have a sit down face to face unprecedented economic sharing talk and China is pressing them to cease and desist their nuke program
      there is no island here shy of a military invasion—which will not happen–that will cause the USA to get involved in this
      had the RP lawmakers known how to create jobs then all the billions of $$$ lost to other countries due to the OFW taxes lost could have went to building a navy and air force
      that is no ones fault but the RP
      the US does not need the RP bases they have Singapore Japan Guam S Korea—plenty

  • China_Lee

    In any wildest mind if China attack any Philippine ship in West Philippine sea. Do you think U.S just set and laugh? Remember China’s general who threatened Philippines with barrage of cannon never happened. 1000 of fishermen never came. Only a handful CMS ships, only in Philippines the reasons is being weak. In Japan no they just passing by. That’s the only China could do.

    • kanoy

      Do you think U.S just set and laugh?
      SURE WILL–HE LAUGHED WHEN YOU SUGGESTED SUCH AN ABSURD THOUGHT!
      China has invaded no country
      RP invaded Malaysia
      China has attacked no ship
      RP attacked a Taiwan ship
      China has killed no foreigner on ship or land in agression
      RP killed 6 Malay cops and 1 Taiwan fisherman
      Obama clearly sees the agressor
      you are 3 ships shy of no navy
      be careful the US owes you 1.5 million but owes nothing to a dead man

      • China_Lee

        Yeah You’re dreaming…Do ya think China didn’t invade Tibet Kanuto? Manchuria? Inner Mongolia? You’re kidding man. Not only that in Ghana, Chinese small penis illegal miners invade and destroyed their lands. All over the world Chinese illegal miners are sponsored by stupid Communist government invade and destroyed their forest. Like how they destroyed their country.

      • zymygy

        200BC- China invaded Korea
        1407-1427- China invaded Vietnam
        1765-1769- China invaded Burma
        Oct 1950 – China inavded Tibet
        Oct 1962 – China invaded India
        Mar 1969 – China ambushed a USSR guards border dispute
        Mar 1979 – China invaded Vietnam again
        April 1989 – Tiananmen Square massacre
        July 1999 – Falun Dafa crackdown
        April 2013 – China occupied Ladakh region India
        Do I have to repeat this dark history.

  • Patikotiko

    Remember Uncle Sam bought the Islands and he will never let other country just get if from his very dear friend just like that !!! YUNO !!!!

    • NoWorryBHappy

      DEER friend ???
      SIRA!
      Gising. Binabangungot ka.
      Bankrupt na si Uncle Sam !
      Dinidispatsa na niya ang hindi niya kailangan.
      Kasama na ang Pinas sa hindi niya kailangan.

    • kanoy

      we all buy used cars and when the cost of upkeep becomes more than they are worth we take them to the wrecking yard and sell them for scrap or part them out piecemeal

  • valsore

    “China seized the Philippines’ Mischief Reef in 1994, then our Scarborough Shoal last year,”
    I hope we can still regain the lost islands.

  • rodulio

    Administration is weak. There is nothing that the Philippines can do. It’s been more than 35 years and it is still going. The dog will continue to peah on the the grass because they just can….

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