By: Elena Grace Flores
Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for International Economic Relations Laura del Rosario suggested during the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines forum recently held in Makati City to mend fences with China once the Netherlands-based Permanent Court of Arbitration or PCA issues anytime now its ruling on the case filed by the country with respect to the dispute with China over maritime jurisdiction in the West Philippine Sea/South China Sea.
China felt betrayed and bitter towards Philippines for filing that said arbitration. If we want to save our friendship with China then we should not and not to embarrass them,” del Rosario said. As this is happening, second United States air contingent at Clark Air Base in Pampanga officially now formalized its operations that include training with Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) pilots and providing support for routine operational missions for enhancing regional maritime domain awareness.
Philippines may need to initiate bilateral dialogue with China and negotiations must resume after the PCA ssuance of the ruling in order to mend strained relationships between the two countries. Quite a diplomatic move indeed with China if we want that peaceful alternative. This “face-saving” measure is a must as agreed by Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio agrees that there has to be