Duterte hopes Philippine fishermen can return to China-controlled shoal


A fisherman repairs his boat overlooking fishing boats that fish in the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, at Masinloc, Zambales, in the Philippines April 22, 2015. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A fisherman repairs his boat overlooking fishing boats that fish in the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, at Masinloc, Zambales, in the Philippines April 22, 2015. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressed hope on Sunday that fishermen would be able to return to the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea in the next few days.

Duterte confirmed on Saturday that the Scarborough Shoal was discussed during his four-day trip to China which was aimed at paving the way for what he calls a new commercial alliance as relations with longtime ally the United States deteriorate.

“Let us just wait for a few more days, maybe we could return to Scarborough Shoal,” Duterte said in a speech in Tuguegarao City, north of the capital, where he helped deliver aid to victims of a recent typhoon.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressed hope on Sunday that fishermen would be able to return to the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea in the next few days.

Duterte confirmed on Saturday that the Scarborough Shoal was discussed during his four-day trip to China which was aimed at paving the way for what he calls a new commercial alliance as relations with longtime ally the United States deteriorate.

“Let us just wait for a few more days, maybe we could return to Scarborough Shoal,” Duterte said in a speech in Tuguegarao City, north of the capital, where he helped deliver aid to victims of a recent typhoon.

It was not immediately clear if that meant China had given an indication it would end its four-year blockade of the shoal.

“I’m not sure if they will fulfill (what was discussed),” Duterte said.

Two Chinese sources with ties to the leadership told Reuters last week China would consider giving Philippine fishermen conditional access to disputed waters in the South China Sea after a meeting between the presidents of the two countries. [nL4N1CP1QW]
China seized the Scarborough Shoal in 2012, denying Philippine fishermen access to its fishing grounds.

The seizure formed part of a case the Philippines took to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague, which in July rejected China’s territorial claims over much of the South China Sea, including its assertion of a 200-mile (320 km) exclusive economic zone around the disputed Spratly Islands.

China immediately declared the ruling “null and void” but said it was time for talks again between the countries directly involved in the territorial disputes to reach a peaceful resolution.

“China said it is theirs. I also told them it is ours,” Duterte said.

China claims most of the South China Sea, through which about $5 trillion in trade passes every year. Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims to parts of it.

Duterte’s efforts to engage China mark a reversal in Philippine foreign policy since he took office on June 30.

While building China ties, Duterte has denounced the United States, apparently after being infuriated by U.S. criticism of his bloody war on drugs.

He has called U.S. President Barack Obama a “son of a bitch”, told him to “go to hell” and thrown long-standing military ties into question.

On Thursday, while in China, Duterte provoked fresh diplomatic alarm by announcing his “separation” from the United States. He struck a more conciliatory tone as he arrived home on Friday.

(Reporting by Karen Lema)

Source: Reuters “Duterte hopes Philippine fishermen can return to China-controlled shoal”

Note: This is Reuters report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.

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6 Comments on “Duterte hopes Philippine fishermen can return to China-controlled shoal”

  1. alking1957 says:

    I feel sorry for you, your anti china wishes are not coming true, but you persists in visiting this website hoping to see something that will make your twisted mind feel happy, but not getting any… For your own mental well being, go visit someplace else!

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  2. Joseph says:

    If you are the president of Philippines, there will be no solution for the SCS. Just like Korea, the American will be happy but the Philippines fishermen will keep hungry and the Philippines people will be miserable. But obviously Duterte does not need your advice. He manages just fine on his own, and as he said, he does not need American support, only the support of his people.
    It is easy to say ‘no retreating’, but can you afford it? Even the USS Decatur is retreating as fast as the Speedy Gonzalez when they are busted by Chinese patrol on concealed islands. Very heroic.
    No one should have illegal hegemony in the region, especially the American. It is crucial for the peace and stability on the region. And no one in the region should be brought to their kneels, except the American, of course. The American is not even from the region. They have no more business in the region other than trouble making. That’s why the American must be brought to its kneels. As on right now, the region is bringing America down to its kneels. Even Philippines under Duterte is joining. Hard.

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  3. chankaiyee2 says:

    There are no passages quoted by you in my post.

    Could you tell me where you get them and how they are related to Chinese government? I don’t think Chinese government is so stupid as to pursue hegemony or even to have the desire to have others kneel before China. If you cannot prove your argument. I will delete your groundless comment. I will give you 24 hours to reply.

    You may hate China but you shall not vilify China groundlessly.

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  4. Steve says:

    To imply that China seized Scarborough Shoal is misleading. It was Aquino and his Alibaba thieves, militarily tried to seize the shoal with its warship and arrest Chinese fishermen. China owns the island, defended against the illegal arrest of Chinese fishermen and in the pursuing standoff, the PH warship retreated and returned the Shoal to China’s control. According to the PCA ruling, no one has sovereignty over Scarborough Shoal, but since China has absolute control, the Motherland can claim sovereignty.

    Not retreating, China should establish a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to allow PH fishermen return to their livelihood, yet administered under China’s sovereignty. The location of the Shoal gives China a very strong bartering tool, maybe in exchange for areas that is viable to China’s maritime security. The PH has stolen a number of islands from China, including Thitu island, one of the largest in the Spratly Archipelago. Depending on China’s strategy, China may propose island exchanges or areas of strategic interest. China holds the trump card on Huangyan island, knowing that the Philippines fishermen are in dire straits and their Govt. can’t do a thing.

    Should China in good faith, ‘gifted’ the Shoal to Philippines, then the return gift from the Duterte Govt. has to be immensely gifted.

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