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http://www.philstar.com/opinion/2014/01/25/1282708/opportunity-diplomatic-negotiations-thrown-away


Thereare always two sides to the question. This is especially true withthe recent Chinese reiteration of rules about fishing in the SouthChina Sea. The rules are not new. It has been there for decades butthose who were more interested in escalating conflict between the twocountries worked overtime to interpret it as an act of aggression andthis is the side that has been getting the publicity.

Filipinos have to be more informed rather than take everypropaganda trick that aims to aggravate the conflict. The problem isaccess to mainstream media in the Philippines that does not seepublic interest as a duty. It demands information and searchingquestions to shape responsible opinion.
For this, readers (usually without time and patience, all tryingto make a living) have to search in less accessible sites either inthe Internet or social media to see another perspective.
Philippines Ambassador Alberto Encomienda has made the managementof the sea his life-long passion and has much to teach our diplomats.He has organized a website called “Balikbalangay” that could be acenter of information for differing opinions. The website includesfishing as part of the management of the sea. It is criticial to thePhilippines because of countless Filipino fishermen who make theirliving from fishing.
To Encomienda, the reiteration of fishing laws by China can beturned around as an opportunity for the two countries to come up witha cooperative agreement.
Chinese official sources said “the fisheries conservationregulations had been issued and published by China since the 1980s.”There was no reaction from the Philippines then and yet these are thevery same rules that are being attacked today.
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“The regulations are not about exercise of sovereignty butconservation,” says Encomienda.
He adds that it may have been unilateral at first but when UNCLOScame into force in 1994 it was included to promote cooperation.Because of that inclusion in UNCLOS “the applicable provision inthe State Constitution of China would render a bilateral agreement onFisheries to be of superior standing to domestic laws.“
Therefore, if there were a fisheries agreement with thePhilippines, the provisions of this agreement would govern overdomestic laws, rules and regulations. Now that UNCLOS is in force,China would be willing to update arrangements according to UNCLOSprescriptions. The two countries should sit down and agree on how tomeet their concerns half-way in regard to the current controversies.That is how to protect our fishermen, not through balderdash aboutgoing to war. What utter nonsense.
Finding ways for cooperation should be encouraged and nurtured.China has “reiterated its call on the Philippines to meet Beijinghalfway to jointly maintain peace and stability in the South ChinaSea.”
“China is committed to resolving disputes with countriesdirectly concerned through negotiation and consultation, implementingthe Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea(DOC) together with all parties concerned, and upholding theprinciple of “shelving disputes and seeking joint development,”spokesperson Hong Lei said in a statement.
Asean Foreign Ministers meeting in Myanmar welcomed the statementfrom China. The Philippines is a member of Asean. One would think itshould welcome the Chinese initiative to resolve disputes throughpeaceful means as embodied in  Asean’s  Six-PointPrinciples on the South China Sea.
“The key is that all parties should commit themselves to thefull and effective implementation of the DOC and do more to promotemutual trust and cooperation. China hopes that relevant countriescould meet China halfway to jointly maintain peace and stability ofthe South China Sea,” Hong said.
The use of diplomacy for resolving problems in the South China Seaconflict between China and the Philippines has never been as close tobeing possible with this development. Strangely, Foreign AffairsSecretary Albert del Rosario seems to be only interested in promotingconflict. Apart from dismissing the Chinese fishing regulation in theSouth China Sea he also pushed for the East China Sea Air DefenseIdentification Zone (ADIZ).
He is throwing away an opportunity for peaceful settlementthat is in the interest of the country and particularly thelivelihood of fishermen. Maybe he should meet with the fishermen,talk to them and listen to what they have to say.


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Here is another source:

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/wor ... ontent_25674735.htm

MANILA - The Philippine government has been behind the intensifying tensions in the South China Sea, a former diplomat of the country told Xinhua on Wednesday.
Alberto Encomienda, former secretary-general of Maritime and Ocean Affairs Center of the Philippine Foreign Affairs Department, said: "China has been for the negotiations all along, but from the beginning we are not."
The Philippine Foreign Affairs Department said it has conducted over 50 consultations and negotiations with China from 1995 to 2012, which did not happen, said the diplomat, who was then in charge of the negotiation "before it exploded."
Encomienda noted that China "has been sending quiet feelers to improve relations."
"Prior to the 2005's APEC (forum summit), China sent two delegations to the Philippines, and invited delegations from the House of Representatives to Beijing. We never gave this much attention. After the summit, China sent feelers to the Philippines again, we never responded," he revealed.
The former Philippine maritime official also said that China should not be demonized in terms of the South China Sea issue, since it was the Philippines who first engaged in reclamation activities in South China Sea, building airstrips on China's Zhongye Island.
"We were the first to do reclamation in South China Sea. So we cannot demonize China for reclamation," he said, revealing that the airfield on Zhongye Island "was built on top of live coral reefs."
Encomienda also lashed out at the US for its mounting military presence in the South China Sea and its purpose to set the Philippines against China on this issue.
"The US is very against China's reclamation in South China Sea ... Look, how much China is spending to reclaim those reefs? Nothing compared to what the US spent on the Philippines for EDCA (Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement). In short, China is reclaiming reefs, but America is reclaiming the Philippines," he said.
After President Benigno Aquino III's first state visit to the US in 2010, "everything that came up as the Philippines' South China Sea position has something to do with 'rule-based' and 'legal framework.' But these are rule basis determined by the US," said Encomienda.
The former diplomat emphasized that the Philippines "is in urgent need of an independent foreign policy."

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seneca Post time: 2016-6-14 10:20
Not entirely trustworthy sources.

What about my first post above? Is it also not trustworthy? I expect this from you and it is not surprising. I am predicting (ignorant as I am) that the anti-China propaganda media will observe Duterte closely and if he is going for negotiation with China, it will desperately try to demonise Duterte and persuade the world and Filipinos that Duterte is evil in the hope of toppling him with another "Flower power" and replace him with a puppet that can be controlled.

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seneca Post time: 2016-6-14 10:20
Not entirely trustworthy sources.

Is the first post above also not trustworthy? I am not surprised by your post. The anti-China camp will watch Duterte carefully and if he is going to negotiate with China, they will demonise him through the usual propaganda media hoping to influence the world and the Filipinos to topple him with another "Flower power" and then put a puppet that they can control to take over.

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seneca Post time: 2016-6-14 20:45
Mr Duterte does not need to be "demonised"; he   i s   a demon, a truly scaring monster. Is this ...

The people of the Philippines elected him,
NOT China.

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