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This post was edited by abramicus at 2013-5-26 09:39|
The Philippines suffers from the Stockholm Syndrome, identifiying with every invader who had massacred at least one million Filipinos, and thus their wanting to ally with every colonial empire that has ever savaged their people, and now imagine themselves to be the re-incarnations of their former colonial masters, in treating Chinese like the savages they were regarded as by their colonial masters.
No, China may be weak, may have been invaded, but China is made up of the most human of human beings, because while the Philippines lay within easy reach of its navies, China did not invade, let alone massacre the natives of what then were merely scattered tribal communities. Many of the modern Filipinos are descendants of mixed marriages between Chinese men and Filipina women over the past five centuries. And now, they regard the claims of China over some islands that their own ancestors did not occupy or claim, as some kind of an invasion. This is the same mentality of squatters who have occupied the land of others for more than a generation. They sincerely believe it is theirs. It is not. But there is no need to go to war over this. Bilateral talks are needed and are the only solution. The Philippines has a lot of squatted land to return, but China can make the Philippines prosperous beyond her wildest dreams if the disputes are settled amicably.
Just one slice of the China market will make Manila ten times richer than it is today. The major cities of the Philippines, like Manila, Cebu and Davao will become bastions of trade and wealth, like Hongkong, which is what the Anglo-Japanese Alliance is trying to prevent. As the processing center of Chinese exports to the rest of the world, and of the Pacific and Indian Oceans to China, the Philippines would have more jobs than its overseas workers now are working at, except they will be working from their homes, able to see their own families, and above all, benefit their own people with their skills and services.