China, Philippines to Set up Negotiation Mechanism to Resolve Disputes

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands after a signing ceremony held in Beijing, China October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Ng Han Guan/Pool

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands after a signing ceremony held in Beijing, China October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Ng Han Guan/Pool

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


One Comment on “China, Philippines to Set up Negotiation Mechanism to Resolve Disputes”

  1. Steve says:

    As I understand it, when President Duterte announced his separation from the US on economy and military, he was referring to Non-Dependency on the US.


    1). By allowing the US to establish military bases on Filipino soil, the Philippines can never be independent because the US would dictate the nations foreign policy. Unlike Sth Korea and Japan, the Philippines has No Arch enemy and should not compromise its sovereignty.
    2) The US has the privilege of marching thru PH airport without a Visa, but Filipinos require a Visa to enter US airport.
    3) Duterte said don’t treat us little brown brothers like a doormat.
    4) Philippines past govts. are delighted to receive US retired Coastguard cutters as warships.
    5) Deluded Filipinos are delighted to be regarded as an important ally of the US with their backward military as long as they received training.
    6) The US refused to sell missiles to arm Filipino fighter jets purchased from Sth Korea.

    Duterte did encourage foreign investments, business enterprises, economic relations with US or any other country on import and export.

    President Duterte wants his people and nation to be self reliant through economic and military reform and even requested China’s economic model. In fact, the Philippines are so far behind, they need to start from scratch. Just as China aided Sth Africa in infrastructure development and economic reform, President Duterte is aware that his nation needed as much help and guidance from China as Africa.