By: Elena Grace Flores
by Eagle News
South China Sea Dispute Needs Hearings
Bongbong Marcos simply divulges that China is not a member of the UNCLOS. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is an international treaty. Although the arbitral ruling in favor of the Philippines puts weight into its claim in the disputed South China Sea territories, it has no hold. First, the Chinese government vehemently ignores it. To implement the decision, hearings must be done. Again, China won’t comply and no one can force them to do so.
Diplomatic and Bilateral Dealings
Marcos’ father, the late president Ferdinand Marcos already had diplomatic ties with China in the past. President Duterte does the same. This is the only strategy that can’t put the country into the losing end. Joint explorations, beneficial trades, and other activities can have some smooth negotiations. Bilateral agreements that can identify the responsibilities of each country are also a big help. Therefore, these efforts must continue.
Forcing China to follow the arbitral ruling on the South China Sea dispute can trigger war. International bodies with America in the forefront must use war-like interrogations. Those could not scare the Chinese. This is why pro-American politicians insist on it. It means bigger sales for their armaments. While the Philippines could become the guinea pig, Marcos insinuates. So, Filipinos must be wise in dealing with China. After all, the Filipino-Chinese community is already dominant in the country. We certainly can co-exist.