On April 10, the Philippine Navy Flag ship BRP Gregorio Del Pilar discovered Chinese poachers with their illegal harvest of endangered corals, giant clams and live sharks at the Scarborough Shoal. About 124 nautical miles from Zambales, well within the 200 miles exclusive economic zone. But these poachers were able to flee when 2 Chinese ships blocked the Gregorio Del Pilar, creating a standoff. The Chinese claims they own all of South China Sea or the West Philippine Sea, up to the shores of the Philippines. The stand off continues up to this day.
The Philippines have pulled out our ships from the Scarborough shoal about a month ago because of a treathening storm, and hoping that China will do the same and ease the tention in that area. However up to this time China's ships remain preventing our fishermen from fishing in that area. President Aquino was hoping that China will reciprocate by removing their ships and deescalate the situation, but this did not happen. China intends to remain and bully the Philippines, and the Pres. Aquino have ordered 15 F-50 fighter jets that are made in Korea. Also boosting our Armed Forces budget to twice that of our present budget. Also I have read from a newspaper here that the US will again take over Clark and Subic to stabilize situations here in the Asia- Pacific area. A welcome decision indeed if it does materialize.
Now China is building an airstrip at the Mabini Reef or Johnson Reef which is part of the Spratly islands in the disputed West Philippine Sea. This is in direct violation of the Declaration of Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and international law. Which was signed by China. And in this agreement no structures should be built in the disputed islands. The Mabini Reef is part of the Kalayaan island group which is part of Philippine territory.
I've been following these south china sea issues...
Having read about and studied the events leading up to WW2 in the Philippines, China's behavior, encroachment, and bullying remind me of the Japanese before WW2.
... sadly, just like how unprepared the Philippines was back then, it still is to this day.
True... and just like in the late 30's many Filipinos thought that investing in the graft ridden Military was a waste of Money. Senator Nuyda even proposed to cut the military budget and invest it on Education. Everyone thought that the Japs had their hands full in China.
Anything Japanese made back then was treated as a 'cheap' imitation. Today, it's the Chinese products that we think of as a 'cheap' imitation...
Though History can not repeat itself, some events can be eerily similar.