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This post was edited by abramicus at 2015-6-28 15:02|
Much as we would like to give the Philippine government a chance to prove its claim of sovereignty over several of the Spratly Islands that have, in actuality, all along been part of Chinese sovereign territory, albeit unknown to the Philippines due to its having been under foreign rule for the greater part of the past four centuries, and its lack of a national identity before that, an honest, and most generous, appraisal of iMr. Tomas Cloma's claim of having "discovered" the Spratly Islands always ends in a feeling of incredulity and disbelief. How on earth could such a claim have ever been taken so seriously by anybody? Yet, it is also madness for China to go to war with the Philippines over a fairy tale about a so-called "Freedomland" that existed only in the imagination of Mr. Tomas, who knew from the fact that the flag of the Republic of China was found to be planted over the largest of the Spratly Islands, on Itu Aba, that these islands belonged to China.
On the eve of President Xi's visit to the USA, the Chinese MOFA has been letting out fragrant messages that it would like to uphold the peace and order of the region "together" with the US. Nothing wrong with setting the ambience for the summit. But like all opportunities, the Philippines should sieze it, before it slips away again.
The Philippines should propose to set aside its claim of sovereignty, and discuss with China how the marine and mineral resources of some of the islands of the Spratly archipelago could be shared by both countries. Since China is now known to prize "face" above all else, the Philippines has a good chance it could get China to agree to a sharing of resources, without having to prove the Philippine's claim of sovereignty, which of course we all know is simply impossible to do. This should be done before Xi's visit to the USA. After that, everything will be back to square one.