Quote:The Philippines and Vietnam are natural allies in their common territorial struggles against China. But they should leave Washington out of it, says Walden Bello, a representative of Akbayan (Citizens’ Action Party) in the Philippine House of Representatives. He was the author of the House resolution renaming the South China Sea the West Philippine Sea.
Here Bello gives his opinion of the current situation:
Last year, the Philippines brought a complaint against China’s aggressive actions in the West Philippine Sea to the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal. The Chinese “were really unprepared for that and were really embarrassed by it,” one of Vietnam’s top experts on Chinese diplomacy told me during my recent visit to Hanoi.
It was a master stroke by the Philippine government. The move put China on the defensive, said another Vietnamese analyst, and was one of the factors that prompted Beijing last year to agree in principle to hold discussions with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on a Code of Conduct for the disputed body of water—known in the Philippines as the West Philippine Sea, in Vietnam as the East Sea, and in China as the South China Sea.
The budding cooperation between Vietnam and the Philippines is the latest development stemming from China’s aggressive territorial claims in the region. In 2009, China put forward the so-called “Nine-Dash Line” map in which it claimed the whole of the South China Sea, leaving four other countries that border on the strategic body of water with nothing more than their 12-mile territorial seas. In pursuit of Beijing’s goals, Chinese maritime surveillance ships have driven Filipino fisherfolk from Scarborough Shoal, which lies within the Philippines’ 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). In the most recent incident, the Chinese tried to disperse Filipino fishing boats approaching the shoal with water cannons. Chinese government ships have also reportedly chased off Filipino boats trying to replenish a garrison on Ayungin Shoal in the Spratly Islands.
The downside of Manila’s legal advantage was that it made the Philippines the number-one target of Beijing, replacing Vietnam as China’s primary rival in the ongoing dispute. “They’re now isolating you,” explained a China expert at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, “while relations between Vietnam and China are getting back to normal.” Despite the leaders of both countries exchanging visits, however, “we still feel the chill. In terms of China’s least favored countries in ASEAN, we’re number nine for the moment and you’re number 10. In the long run, however, Vietnam is Beijing’s main strategic problem.”
Invited to Hanoi to give a series of lectures on foreign policy and economic issues by Madame Nguyen Thi Binh—the legendary head of the Provisional Revolutionary Government’s (PRG) who headed South Vietnam’s delegation to the Paris talks that ended the Vietnam War—I took advantage of the opportunity to elicit Vietnamese views on the territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
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Not a matter of if, but when.
The sad truth is it appears things are fast becoming a tinder box and like WW I & WW II, it will happen almost overnight.
None of the key players in East Asia today may want war. But neither did any of the Great Powers on the eve of the First World War. The problem is that in a situation of fierce rivalry among powers that hate one another, an incident may trigger an uncontrollable chain of events that may result in a regional war, or worse.
(03-23-2014, 08:11 PM)Beyond Smolensk Wrote: All these different countries sabre rattling back stabbing two faced threats while instigating and antagonizing each other all over the world pushing buttons and pulling plugs can only mean the evil hell of World War Three is gearing up to be unleashed and let me tell ya i hope my body is dead and gone and my soul escapes from this fallen world before that happens and the fact that there even was a worse all consuming World War Two after the diabolical slaughter house of World War One means World War Three will commence sooner or later and those who survive during and through it will pray and scream for death to release them...
(03-23-2014, 10:59 PM)Beyond Smolensk Wrote:(03-23-2014, 08:11 PM)Beyond Smolensk Wrote: All these different countries sabre rattling back stabbing two faced threats while instigating and antagonizing each other all over the world pushing buttons and pulling plugs can only mean the evil hell of World War Three is gearing up to be unleashed and let me tell ya i hope my body is dead and gone and my soul escapes from this fallen world before that happens and the fact that there even was a worse all consuming World War Two after the diabolical slaughter house of World War One means World War Three will commence sooner or later and those who survive during and through it will pray and scream for death to release them...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyfy66oXw8E
I totally agree we are all fuckdd
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