By: Elena Grace Flores
Bongbong Marcos earlier said that the 2016 legal victory of the Philippines against China before a United Nations-backed arbitral tribunal. This invalidates Beijing’s expansive claim to the South China Sea creates tension with the powerful neighbor. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio then clarifies that the joint exploration with China does not violate the constitution. This is because the Philippines is still in full control with the operation. What’s unconstitutional is the China war threat. Carpio suggests trying to change the mindset of the Chinese people that they do not own the South China Sea through international influence and social media.
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[VIDEO]: Carpio: Kasunduan ng China at Pilipinas sa oil at gas development, walang nilabag na batas.
Change the Mindset
Carpio reiterates his call for a more vigorous campaign to change the mindset of the Chinese that the West Philippine Sea does not belong to China. He also said that there are bills pending in Congress that push for the declaration of portions of the West Philippine Sea as a marine sanctuary.
Call for Unity to Enforce Ruling
The Social Weather Stations releases results a month ago that shows 84 percent of Filipinos want the Du30 administration to do more against China’s intrusion in the West Philippine Sea. Carpio said that 84 percent can increase at the end of the year. “That is good because it is only when we are united can we get the ruling enforced,” he said
No Legal Basis for China’s Claim
He said the Philippine government should continue to assert its rights over the West Philippine Sea. It should do something to fortify the ruling given by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague in 2016 every year. The ruling states that China has no legal basis for its nine-dash line territorial claim.
Educating the Chinese People
He also said that Filipinos should take time understanding the issues. That way, they could better explain the country’s position to other nationalities. They have the mission to convince other countries of the Philippines’ position. This is in the hope that together they could convince the Chinese people that the West Philippine Sea does not belong to them.
Downside of the Supreme Court Justice’s Plea
The Supreme Court Justice knows that China will never accept the ruling. Not unless the Chinese people realize that their historical narrative 2000 years ago is false. Since grade school to college, they have been taught that they own the South China Sea. They really believe it because they were not taught other things,” he said. However, it seems vague how the Filipinos with the help of other nations can change the mindset of over 1.3 billion people. This can actually cause more tensions between the two countries.
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.
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[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
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.
China denies joining water wars between India and Pakistan by blocking a tributary of Brahmaputra river. Beijing is ready to join a multilateral cooperation mechanism with India and Bangladesh to share the waters.
[VIDEO]: How some local Indian media outlets linked the blockage with India’s recent water dispute with Pakistan, trying to create the false impression that China may be interested in taking part in the “so-called water war between the two South Asian countries to give Pakistan silent support.
China and India Agreement
China and India need to reach agreement on how they will manage water from one of the world’s great rivers — the Yarlung-Zangbo-Brahmaputra — before it becomes another serious impediment to relations between the two Asian heavyweights.
Water scarcity already affects large parts of China and India. As their populations grow and income levels rise, forcing up demand for water-intensive food such as meat, the supply situation will worsen. Inevitably, that means tension over water resources.
Open to share waters
China is willing to have multilateral cooperation with India and Bangladesh to share the waters. The proposal is significant as China has no water treaty with India to share the river waters.
It is easy to understand the anger of Indian people as they read recent news reports saying China had blocked a tributary of the Brahmaputra river. Such is a trans-boundary river flowing from Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region into the northeastern Indian state of Assam and later into Bangladesh. It serves as an important water source for the regions
It is worrying that some local Indian media outlets linked the blockage with India’s recent water dispute with Pakistan. They try to create the false impression that China may be interested in taking part in the “so-called water war between the two South Asian countries to give Pakistan silent support.” China denies this.
China War Sensitivity
India is sensitive to China’s water exploitation on the Brahmaputra as a downstream country. However, China is unlikely to use the waters of the river as a potential weapon for any China War that might occur in the region.