By: Elena Grace Flores
The United State’s wait and see strategy is now resulting to two US Navy aircraft carriers and its Great Green Fleet to regularly patrol the disputed South China Sea. They arrived in the Philippine waters from a trilateral exercise called Malabar, a defense training between US and Indian naval forces with the avid participation of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. They all ganged up with the USS Ronald Reagan along the Philippine Sea to strategically counter act China should they disregard the upcoming U.N. ruling from the Hague that would likely favor the Philippines.
The display of forces is not only impressive. It is also demonstrating the important operational capability of the countries involved. Hitchcock said. The CSG 3 consists of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis, guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay and guided-missile destroyers of Destroyer Squadron 21, USS Stockdale, USS Chung-Hoon and USS William P. Lawrence, and the aircraft of Carrier Air Wing 9. CSG 3 already started their operation in the Western Pacific seas last Feb. 4 and continued the enhance them at the present time. The CSG 5 consists of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, guided-missile cruisers USS Shiloh and USS Chancellorsville and guided-missile destroyers from Destroyer Squadron 15, USS Curtis Wilbur, USS McCampbell, USS Benfold, and the aircraft of Carrier Air Wing 5. CSG 5 is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, and routinely patrols the Western Pacific, the statement said, adding that CSG 5 commenced its summer patrol of the Indo-Asia Pacific on June 4.
China is stubbornly claiming around 90 percent of the 1.35-million-square-mile South China Sea, that is disputed by the Philippines along Scarborough Shoal, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan. Tensions are building up around the region and it cannot be denied said Rear Admiral John Alexander, commander of Battle Force 7th Fleet and Carrier Strike Group who took this incident as a good training opportunity. The act is in response to China’s ambitious attempt in building a state-of-the-art warfare in a reclaimed area at the Scarborough Shoal.
By: Elena Grace Flores
Contrary to rumors that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will ruin the ties with few countries, lawyer Paola Alvarez and PDP-Laban spokesperson said that Duterte’s Foreign Policy Guideline is to be allied to all major powers equally but peace and Filipino first.
He might be getting ready to go to war in solving some of the disputed territories as per his image projects but the president made it a point to do multilateral and bilateral talks with representatives of these disputed countries first to exercise diplomacy and maximum tolerance for peaceful relationship with these countries involved.”
He asked China “to be more kind to our fishermen”; Alvarez said – that was interpreted by some negative people that he already acted like China owns Scarborough Shoal – but if this put an immediate end into Chinese Coast Guard’s harassing Filipinos in fishing grounds where our people normally fish since ancient times in Scarborough Shoal or Bajo de Masinloc then it’s well and good. The President showed his humility here and not surrender as detractors claimed. However, this is just temporary while awaiting the result of the arbitration case over the part of the South China Sea that Manila calls the West Philippine Sea from the international court.
By: Elena Grace Flores
The Philippines has been asking the Chinese government to allow Filipinos to continue fishing in the Chinese-restricted waters as an indication that they are interested for peaceful solutions as far as territorial disputes are concerned. This is probably why there are no more complaints that reach the media for the time being from the previously harrassed fishermen.
It is also another consideration that China is observing the incoming administration’s stint on the issue headed by President Rodrigo Duterte – a known punisher.
Duterte intends to repair the damaged relationship between China and the Philippines due to these territorial disputes in the South China Sea so, he will not withdraw nor push such claims including ownership of Scarborough Shoal.
There’s no retreat for Philippines after China’s intimidation using water cannons to Filipino fishermen. It was announced during the recent press conference by the President’s spoke person that China’s actions were not surprising. They have been known to display their aggressiveness all through out the discussions over the claim. Here’s what the Philippine Military has to say:
By: Fox News
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines military chief vowed Thursday to defend the country’s fishermen against any Chinese “terror or intimidation” in the South China Sea, the latest sign of sharpening tensions in what is a potential global flash point.
The Philippine forces continued to strengthen not only their capabilities to handle war but also the country’s alliance with other superpowers. The U.S. has been Philippine’s greatest ally and China would not want to intimidate that. However, to go to war is not Philippine’s strategy in settling the problem with China – that’s why all possible channels for communication are open to be able to deal with the dispute peacefully.
China claims 1.35-million-sq-miles waters of the South China Sea which is 90 percent of the disputed area between Philippines and China plus other neighboring countries. The yearly $5 trillion a year fish trade via ship is already 10% of the global harvest. These are just additions to the perceived energy reserves in the claimed territory. Is their aggressiveness part of their strategy to position themselves as the next super power? Here’s the news:
(Reuters) – China on Wednesday accused the Philippines of “deliberate provocations” over an incident in disputed waters in the South China Sea that drew a protest from Manila about what it called Chinese ships’ use of a water cannon on Filipino fishermen.
Back to history particularly during the Roman empire, the Chinese vowed to incur peace in their own terms which is measured by the amount of business trade they can take advantage of. The typical Chinese culture just don’t dictate the positive meaning of peace. How can a tyrant Chinese government capable of imposing peace in its original sense to the world?