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Post time 2016-7-14 14:34:50 |Display all floors
"Let those who tied the bell on to the tiger be the ones to untie it," runs the Chinese proverb: Trouble is best solved by those who caused it.

Whatever the government of the Philippines was thinking when it decided to put its disputes with China before a kangaroo court, it was surely not that the process would bring peace and harmony to a tranquil tropical sea.

China has stated time and time again that it would not accept the tribunal's opinion and will adhere to settlement of disputes through direct negotiation. That policy stands still, like a rock.

As neighbors facing each other across the sea, China and the Philippines have been friends for generations. There were no territorial disputes between them until the 1970s, when the Philippines suddenly decided that some of China's islands and reefs were in fact theirs and occupied them without so much as a by-your-leave. China's reaction to this affront has been restrained, to say the least.

It is not too great a leap of understanding to conclude that China is the encroached upon rather than the encroacher.

In 2013, the government of former Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III ignored previous agreements with China and went running to The Hague. Aquino has since become a figure of purely historical relevance, and the job of cleaning up his mess has fallen to the new Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte, who seems ready and willing to talk directly with China.

Even after the absurd arbitration award, China retains its faith in a peaceful solution and would welcome direct talks over the negotiating table.

A statement issued by the Chinese leadership on Tuesday said that China is still ready to resolve disputes peacefully through negotiation and consultation with those states directly concerned. China will make every effort to seek win-win results and maintain the peace that is so vital to stability and prosperity in the region.

Bringing the issue back to the negotiation table, and thereafter to a long-term solution, is in the interests of all parties, and is now down to the Philippines. President Duterte has begun to make positive gestures, but is his country ready to walk his talk?

China has said that the door is always open, but will not welcome any unreasonable demands nor sit idly by if deliberately provoked.
China will now decide whether to declare an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the South China Sea in accordance with the extent of a threat. "If our security were threatened, of course we have the right," Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin told the press.

Chinese people do not make trouble, but are not cowards when trouble is made for them. Whether the South China Sea becomes a troublesome tempest of confrontation or the peaceful waters of cooperation and common prosperity is up to the Philippines and its friends.

Is it not better to remain friends with a good neighbor than to allow some faraway superpower to stir up conflicts at the doorstep? The destiny of the Philippines is in its own hands.


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Post time 2016-7-14 15:43:09 |Display all floors
This post was edited by sfphoto at 2016-7-14 22:09

The Philippines shot its own foot when it asked the non–UN PCA to issue its fake ruling which redefined the status of the offshore islands in the SCS dispute as mere "rocks". That fake ruling invalidated its own so-called "Kalayaan" claim in the SCS dispute because it can no longer claim any territorial or maritime rights to mere "rocks" as ruled by the non-UN kangaroo court.

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Post time 2016-7-14 20:55:46 |Display all floors
what happened in these two days is totally nonsense ..

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Post time 2016-7-14 21:15:09 |Display all floors
seneca Post time: 2016-7-14 19:18
The court in The HFague is a "kangaroo court"???

They are acting like a bunch of cry babies; boo hoo!

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Post time 2016-7-14 21:42:16 |Display all floors
@ coffeeholic

The expression is "walk the walk" NOT 'walk the talk'.

eg:  "You can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?" (you talk impressively, but can you back your words with actions)
Stupid people are like Glowsticks. You want to snap them in half and shake the crap out of them until they see the light.
I love sarcasm. It's like punching someone in the head ... only with words

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Post time 2016-7-14 22:14:36 |Display all floors
After so called" arbitration",the Philippines must talk with China to pretect it profits ,but the China may be not that think ,may be the China think that must let it pay the price

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