Hague Ruling, Great Obstacle to Improvement of Sino-Philippine TiesPosted: August 10, 2016 | |
Philippine President Duterte has sent former president Ramos to mend ties with China but he has difficulties to disregard Hague ruling. China wants to mend ties through Ramos but it can never accept the ruling. Can they find a middle ground? It tests Chinese and Philippine politicians’ wisdom as both sides earnestly want to mend ties.
China wants good neighborly relations with the Philippines to remove a latent obstacle to its very important relations with the ASEAN. The Philippines wants to exploit the rich fish and energy resources in the waters claimed by it but controlled by China. Before China’s utter rejection of the ruling, the Philippines had the illusion to exploit the resources alone with US help, but its illusion has been thoroughly broken by China’s resolute denunciation of the ruling. China, however, wants to share the resources with the Philippines from the very beginning, but was rejected by the Philippines before the ruling.
Now, Ramos dare not go to Beijing for fear that he cannot get what Duterte wants. He does not want to be disgraced by the failure of his visit, while China is encouraging him.
In its report “China ‘open to dialogue’ with Philippines: foreign ministry”, SCMP quotes Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hua Chunying as saying that China would welcome Ramos to visit China as a special envoy to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
According to SCMP, Hua said,“China and the Philippines are traditionally good neighbours. Both nations should make joint efforts to improve bilateral ties and resume dialogue to ensure Sino-Philippine relations are on a healthy and stable track.”
As the US cannot help the Philippines get what it wants or give it any substantial economic aids, the Philippines has to mend ties with China to be benefited from the ties.
I hope both sides will find a way to cooperate without losing face.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s report, full text of which can be viewed at: