Sensing an opportunity to arm twist the Philippines into making an offiicial apology to the President of the Republic of China, pay reparations to the Republic of China, and sign a fishing agreement with Taiwan as a sovereign state, over the tragedy of the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine Coast Guard, Taiwan went into overdrive to throw a tantrum when none of the above moves referenced it as a separate sovereign state, and its threat of holidng a naval exercise in the contested EEZ waters got barely a yawn from Manila.
With this fresh slap on the face from an old neighbor, it should have been all too clear to the separatists in power that without the protection of China, they cannot effectively defend their right of sovereignty over any square inch of their maritime territory.
Yet, they reject the logical conclusion that they should join forces with China in defending their common sovereignty. Instead of using the tragedy of the killing of Taiwanese fisherman to do something constructive for their sovereignty by joining forces with China, they have opted to weaken their defense by splitting China's sovereignty into two in the eyes of other countries. The politicians are not fighting for justice for the Taiwanese fisherman. They are fighting for Taiwan independence from China. No wonder they are so insistent on the form of the apology, instead of its substance.
Time for the Philippines and China to Begin Bilateral Talks on Territorial and EEZ Disputes
The Taiwan fisherman incident highlights the necessity of bilateral talks between the Philippines and China over their sovereignty and EEZ disputes.
An honest fisherman fishing in an area designated by the Taiwan authorities as its legal EEZ, and an honest Philippine Coast Guard defending his country's EEZ as defined by his superiors, ends with one dead, and the other demoted or jailed.
The same thing happened in 2012 in the Yellow Sea between China and South Korea.
Settling territorial disputes is not just a privilege or option of national governments. To safeguard the lives of its citizens, every national government has a duty to resolve territorial disputes peacefully and efficiently.
Let the Bilateral Talks Between Manila and Beijing Begin!!!