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Should China make Philippines pay for balancing act?   [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2012-1-30 14:07:46 |Display all floors
(Global Times)
The Philippines has signaled during a recent bilateral defense dialogue that it would expand the US military presence on its soil. US navy ships will reportedly be deployed in the Philippines, and more joint military exercises will be considered. China must respond to this move. Besides expressions of concern and disagreement, detailed countermeasures are necessary.

Given the recent active maneuvers of the US military in China's neighboring area, the lack of a response from China would be inappropriate, though it is also impossible to react strongly toward every move by the US. It is thus necessary to single out a few cases and apply due punishment.

The Philippines is a suitable target to impose such a punishment. A reasonable yet powerful enough sanction can be considered. It should show China's neighboring area that balancing China by siding with the US is not a good choice.

The Philippines and Vietnam are the two main countries creating waves in the South China Sea. Yet Vietnam needs China's political support as an alliance between Vietnam and the US has a difficult line to cross. However, the Philippines can easily surrender itself as a pawn in the US' geopolitical game against China. But the Philippines has its own bitter memory of the US. At least for now, Filipinos remain aware of the history of US colonization. Meanwhile, China's economy presents a huge attraction.

Well-measured sanctions against the Philippines will make it ponder the choice of losing a friend such as China and being a vain partner with the US.

To this end, China may consider cooling down its business ties with the Philippines. One step forward in military collaboration with the US means a step backward in economic cooperation with China. In the long run, China may also use its economic leverage to cut economic activities between ASEAN countries and the Philippines.

The US will likely increase aid to the Philippines to make up for its losses. This will further burden the US financially. During this tug of war, as long as China keeps its economic growth momentum, it will have an advantage.

While isolating the Philippines economically, China should keep a reserved military stance in South China Sea affairs, convincing neighboring countries of its peaceful intentions and defusing fears of China's rise.

Not being an empire, China won't be easily irritated or flex its military muscle at will. However, it has its principles. It will not accept a small country in the region creating military tensions by playing a balancing strategy. A price should be paid for violating this principle. The Philippines will not be an exception.
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Post time 2012-1-31 08:48:07 |Display all floors

RE: Should China make Philippines pay for balancing act?

seneca Post time: 2012-1-30 19:14
Oh yes, do not forget: The seas between China and other Asian countries are "China's backyard" and h ...

and here you have to say "Uncle" to China, or face very harsh music...

Are you insinuating that China is a big bully to the ASEAN countries?
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Post time 2012-1-31 08:56:02 |Display all floors
sansukong Post time: 2012-1-30 18:48
Are you insinuating that China is a big bully to the ASEAN countries?

Thieves in the West love to see Asians country killing each other and would like China and Phillipines to kill each other for them, but I think people are smarter these days. It won't work even  is Obama planned to shift his distability effort to Asia pacific.
I am an Asian American. I came to Chinadaily forum hoping to share my experience, knowledge, and my point of view. And in return I want to get the same in return from friends from around the world.

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Post time 2012-1-31 09:06:03 |Display all floors
The Philippines have been in the US "sphere" of insterest since the US "won" them in the US-Spanish war which was started by the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana in Feb', 1898.
Since then, the US has pretty much had the controlling interest in that country and until the first Aquino gov't, had bases there in the form of Clark AFB and Subic bay. The US still has troops there assisting with the insurrection in South Mindanao as well. China cannot, and with all respect, cannot be too fussed about this. China has be above this if it is to be able to have any influence over this. China needs to act as if it's nothing but what does China do? China jumps up and down like an infant throwing a tantrum. This is not the act of a country with a 5000 year old country. It's the act of a young upstart and although this region is in China's sphere of interest, the Philippines is not! Proximity has no relation in this case...just the same as the Chinese claim in the south China seas reaches almost to the shores of the Philippines, Vietnam and other countries.
Again, I make these comments with all due respect to China and should be, in no way, taken as being anti-China! Just checking my six for petera who has a butt "fixation and LGK who has a superiority/inferiority complex!

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Post time 2012-1-31 09:06:38 |Display all floors

RE: Should China make Philippines pay for balancing act?

Hmoonhistorian Post time: 2012-1-31 07:56
Thieves in the West love to see Asians country killing each other and would like China and Phillip ...

If history has taught us anything, there are those out there who would sell their grandmothers for a song. These evil-minded people can be found in any country, including China !
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Post time 2012-1-31 09:18:52 |Display all floors
This post was edited by stinkysocks at 2012-1-31 09:19

The peaceful Philippino People have been left with no other option !

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Post time 2012-1-31 09:26:41 |Display all floors
Ang bayan kong Pilipinas
Lupain ng ginto't bulaklak
Pag-ibig na sa kanyang palad
Nag-alay ng ganda't dilag


At sa kanyang yumi at ganda
Dayuhan ay nahalina
Bayan ko, binihag ka
Nasadlak sa dusa


Ibon mang may layang lumipad
Kulungin mo at umiiyak
Bayan pa kayang sakdal-dilag
Ang 'di magnasang makaalpas

Pilipinas kong minumutya
Pugad ng luha at dalita
Aking adhika
Makita kang sakdal laya

by Freddy Aguilar

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