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Philippines denounces China as 'bully'

MANILA -- The Philippines accused Beijing of employing “bullying” tactics Saturday after a speeding Chinese ship allegedly veered dangerously close to two Philippine vessels in the disputed South China Sea.

No one was hurt but “these maneuvers by the Chinese vessel posed a danger to the Philippine vessels,” foreign department spokesman Raul Hernandez said in a statement.

“Our ships did not react to the bullying,” he added.

The incident took place near the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea where Chinese fisheries vessels have been facing off against Philippine ships for weeks, with both countries claiming the area.

In Saturday's incident, the Chinese vessel sped past two Philippine coastguard ships at more than 20 knots (37 kilometers per hour), creating a high wave that buffeted the vessels.

This is the most serious event since the standoff began on April 8 when the Philippines attempted to arrest Chinese fishermen in the shoal for poaching, only to be blocked by Chinese ships.

China has warned the Philippines against internationalizing the dispute over the shoal, about 230 kilometers (140 miles) from the Philippines' main island of Luzon.

In a separate development, energy undersecretary Jose Layug said the Philippines was planning more oil and gas exploration in the disputed region despite China's growing aggressiveness.

“The Chinese are claiming (these areas) but we have said repeatedly that (they are) well within the territorial jurisdiction of the Philippines,” he told ABS-CBN television in an interview.

Experts say the overlapping claims are a potential flashpoint that could destabilize regional security.

April 30, 2012    algero17@
China will do it in each every small nation, the reason why they don’t want the matter to be brought to international attention is so they can bully each small nation discreetly. ASEAN should stand up and be united as a nation for a small nation and together will be a bigger nation as compared to each standing on its own. China is doing it on the Philippines, who will be the next victim? Brunei? Vietnam? TOGETHER WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL!
May 2, 2012    gh0stywriter@
algero17@ wrote:
China will do it in each every small nation, the reason why they don’t want the matter to be brought to international attention is so they can bully each small nation discreetly. ASEAN should stand up and be united as a nation for a small nation and together will be a bigger nation as compared to each standing on its own. China is doing it on the Philippines, who will be the next victim? Brunei? Vietnam? TOGETHER WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL!
It's shameless bullying driven by greed and power. But you know what they say... the bigger they are the harder they fall. And they eventually will. It's just physics.
May 4, 2012    midnightsnack@
ASEAN was founded on two major goals: anti communist stance and nation-building in the post colonial era, both of which no longer apply to either the current membership of the bloc or real politik. It is but a pail of loose sand, each member with its own interests. It would be foolish to expect ASEAN to speak with one voice when it comes to external relations (look at the EU mess).

Moreover, I would caution Philippines against engaging in unnecessary saber rattling at the expense of its Big Brother -- the US, given the already sizable domestic opposition to its role as the World's Cop. Betting on the US doing the dirty work for the sake of Filipino national pride is a foolish calculation because there are other theatres in which the US can check the advances of China.
May 5, 2012    ozivan99@
midnightsnack@ wrote:
ASEAN was founded on two major goals: anti communist stance and nation-building in the post colonial era, both of which no longer apply to either the current membership of the bloc or real politik. It is but a pail of loose sand, each member with its own interests. It would be foolish to expect ASEAN to speak with one voice when it comes to external relations (look at the EU mess).

Moreover, I would caution Philippines against engaging in unnecessary saber rattling at the expense of its Big Brother -- the US, given the already sizable domestic opposition to its role as the World's Cop. Betting on the US doing the dirty work for the sake of Filipino national pride is a foolish calculation because there are other theatres in which the US can check the advances of China.
Besides, some ASEAN's claimants to the South China Seas resources like Malaysia and Brunei prefers quiet but firm diplomacy when dealing with China.

Current President Aquino III (unlike other previous Filipino Presidents) loves sensationalism, big shows and public triumphalism as in American movies and American political style...where showmanship is more important !?

Don't count on other ASEAN members to be dragged into your foolish doing. Good luck.

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