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Let ASEAN Resolve South China Sea Dispute – The Asian Way

South China Sea

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The Philippine President said that the country’s South China Sea Dispute is between the Philippines and China. The US’s putting pressure in the region will not work. The Asian way is by means of bilateral talks – and he will not use ASEAN to push the nation’s claim.

Youtube video by; Elena Grace Flores
[VIDEO]: President Rodrigo Duterte made the comments on the eve of him hosting a two-day Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, and he confirmed he would not use the event to pressure China on its expansionism in the strategically vital waters.

Not Using ASEAN

The President made it clear that this time, the dispute will not be mentioned in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN summit. He stressed that he would not use the event to pressure China on its illegal expansionism in the strategically vital passageway waters.

China’s Violation

China turns reefs and shoals in some areas claimed by the Philippines and other nations into artificial islands. It also installs military facilities there. China’s reclamation rattles other claimants which include ASEAN members like Vietnam, Malaysia, and Brunei. The Filipino leader could very well take advantage of the hosted event – but opted to keep the friendship with China.

US Interference

The United States has criticized China’s construction work. It warns against militarization in the waterway where $5 trillion in annual trade passes. They claim that it’s the freedom of navigation that they are after and would back the Philippines should the Filipinos insist on their sovereignty rights.

Not Helping to Ease Conflict

Du30’s predecessor, Benigno Aquino III challenged China by filing a case at the Hague,  a UN-backed tribunal to outlaw Beijing’s claims. The tribunal last year ruled largely in the Philippines’ favor but instead of helping to ease the troubles in the area, it has created more tension that can ignite China War. Therefore, the president concentrated more on economic ties with China and the latter supports the country’s drug war and infrastructure projects.