China, Philippines to Set up Negotiation Mechanism to Resolve DisputesPosted: October 23, 2016
SCMP says in its report “China, Philippines to set up negotiation mechanism to resolve South China Sea disputes” today that China and the Philippines have issued a statement after meeting of their presidents stating, “Both sides agree to continue discussions on confidence-building measures … and to exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities in the South China Sea that would complicate or escalate disputes.” The statement does not mention the international court ruling in July on the disputes, which China rejects and the Philippines avoids mentioning.
Philippine president Duterte said in Beijing that he would separate from the US. In fact, that is not necessary. He can have good relations with China to benefit from trade with and tourists, loans and investments from China but maintain Philippines long-standing relations with the US to be benefited from trade with and tourists and investments from the US.
China is certainly not a narrow-minded country to be jealous at Philippines’ relations with the US. It only does not want US interference with its relations with the Philippines.
I have quite some American friends and find them generous and willing to help others. I really do not understand that a country with such great people can be so mean as to be so fond of interfering with other countries’ affairs and causing trouble and even disasters to other countries.
Without US interference, China and the Philippines will be able to conduct win-win cooperation and enjoy common prosperity.
Look at the good side of the picture, US politicians. The improvement of ties between China and the Philippines will save US the trouble to give the Philippines its retired weapons. The weapons are worthless but the US has to incur some expenses to modernize them. Being hard up, the US shall be happy for such reduction of its financial burdens.
To save more, the US can withdraw its navy from the South China Sea as it no longer has the excuse of protecting the Philippines for staying there.
Comments by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s report, full text of which can be found at http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2038993/china-philippines-agree-set-negotiation-mechanism.