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Golden Opportunity for China to Convince the Philippines to be a Good Neighbor   [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2013-11-12 14:04:10 |Display all floors
This post was edited by abramicus at 2013-11-12 14:09

The best way to make friends is to be one.  Likewise, the best way to promote good neighborliness is to be a good neighbor.  This is true everywhere, for individuals, as well as for countries.

It is tragic that so many innocent Filipino men, women and children should die so suddenly and senselessly in the midst of a tropical storm turned into a Super-Typhoon.  The silence from the islands of Leyte and Samar is deafening, because it means there are too few survivors who remain to call for help, and if they did survive the floods and the winds, they had no means of communication at all, and most likely, no food, dry clothing or shelter as well.  Faced wth this humanitarian tragedy, China should set aside its political grievances with the Philippines and lend the victims a helping hand, and a big hand at that.

There is no need to advertise China's peaceful intentions, but there is a need to show it by actions, instead of words.

Now is the time when the Philippine government and people are listening for the sound of planes arriving from China to drop off food, clothing, tents and medicines to the survivors scattered across these battered islands.  Just as their silence is deafening to the world, the absence of any Chinese planes flying overhead, or the boom of Chinese ships smokestacks heralding the arrival of food and clothing from across the seas, is deafening to the ears of the Filipino people.  Not that they deserved it because of what they had done for China in the past.  But because they deserved such help from their Chinese neighbors, because they are human.  If a dog fell into the river and managed to escape drowing by swimming to shore, a human being would have come to the dog's help, not because the dog deserved his kindness, but because a human being is human, and being human is not about being just, being rich, or being respected.  Being human is about treating others as one would want others to treat oneself.

Confucius taught this to his contemporaneous Chinese citizens and officials.

China has established hundreds of Confucius Institutes around the world.  Isn't it time that China make his teachings come to life at this opportune moment, to show that Chinese are human also, and will treat other human beings as he would wnat himself to be treated?  And if this opportunity should pass without a sincere gesture of humanitarianism, then China can trumpet Confucius for another thousand years, and there would be no believer in the end.

Time for China to show it is a great country by pouring aid to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, to save lives, to clothe them, to shelter them, not because they did anything to deserve this generosity, but because of what Chinamen are, 100% human beings.


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Post time 2013-11-12 17:52:12 |Display all floors
don't count on it.

China is used to intimidation, not generosity, to get its way.



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Post time 2013-11-13 09:47:21 |Display all floors
lau_guan_kim Post time: 2013-11-12 16:48
Hold on.

Just do not rush

You have a point in that if the Philippines refuse to even ask China for help, then any Chinese help may not be appreciated at all, and could be misconstrued as weakness or worse, as an attempt to buy off the Filipinos.  But if the Philippines asks China directly for help, then being magnanimous would be appropriate.

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Post time 2013-11-13 10:22:14 |Display all floors
IN EVERY DANGER RESIDES A HIDDEN OPPORTUNITY

As news begins to tricle out of the areas damaged by the typhoon, Haiyan, a graver picture is emerging where law and order practically has ceased to exist.  Instead, looting of homes and shops by survivors, coupled with armed robberies by organized crime have become the norm.  Failure to establish peace and order is not a natural calamity.  It is a man-made disaster that may eclipse the enormity of the physical damage inflicted by the super typhoon.

The disaster is showing up the chinks in the armor of the Philippine military, as it founders helplessly trying to help the victims on the one hand, and containing the lawless elements on the other.

President Aquino was reported to have walked out of his own commanders in frustration after listening to the reports by his military officers of the situation on the ground, which by all measures was supposedly quite rosy!  He is unable to even define the problem in logistical terms, how can any aid then be given to the victims?

The magnitude of the destruction of Tacloban may have more to do with its geography than with the power of the typhoon, as it is beginning to appear that this city is situated on the western bank of a narrow strait into which the storm surge was funnelled by the wind.  If there is a "wind tunnel", this strait would fit the bill above the water, but on the water surface, this wind tunnel effect results in a kind of a wave tunnel in turn.  The rise and fall of the sea level on one end of this strait induces an opposite fall and rise of the water level on the other end of the strait.  This transmits the wave energy of the storm surge from one end of the channel to the other end, purely by wave dyanmics, without need for the wind to whip up the waters on the other end of the channel.  In effect, this seesawing of the storm surge had its fulcrum on the city of Tacloban, explaining its total destruction from one end to the other end of the strait.

This is a lesson that all cities situated along any strait or channel should be aware of, and use to prevent a similar disaster in the event another supertyphoon should visit them.  Singapore would do well to analyze the physics of this typhoon on Tacloban City.  

Who knows, if China is able to turn this city around, and even participate in its reconstruction, the Philippines might allow Chinese ships to use its deep water port for refueling and resupply, on their way to the South and Western Pacific, where the two countries have no bones of contention, and every benefit from mutual cooperation.



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Post time 2013-11-13 15:53:21 |Display all floors
This post was edited by yasawakic at 2013-11-13 15:55

Taiwan sent 100 tons (!!!) of food help by C130 immediatly after the disaster.


It says a lot. But Taiwan is more linked with philippine due to  apart of its austronesian population who share same language, culture.


Some peoples are so disgusting here still planning what interest could they find in helping philippines....what a lack of basic humanity!!!{:soso_e111:}

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Post time 2013-11-13 18:48:02 |Display all floors
lau_guan_kim Post time: 2013-11-12 16:48
Hold on.

Just do not rush

News broadcasts showed Filipinos asking EVERYONE for help. Most countries respond positively to suffering and do not drag up history or silly political posturing spats.

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