Can Asia prevent its own Crimea?
March 26th, 2014
05:55 PM ET

Can Asia prevent its own Crimea?

By Bonnie Glaser and Ely Ratner, Special to CNN

Editor’s note: Bonnie Glaser is senior adviser for Asia in the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Ely Ratner is senior fellow and deputy director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. The views expressed are their own.

With the world watching Ukraine with wary eyes, the U.S. Navy’s lead admiral in the Pacific suggested Asia could face a similar crisis if the continent’s other major power continues on its current path.

Since 2009, China has stepped up what Philippine officials have called a “creeping invasion” in the South China Sea. Although less dramatic than Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Beijing has been bullying its neighbors to assert and advance an expansive set of territorial and maritime claims encompassed by its “nine-dash line,” which skirts the coastlines of Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines and gobbles up islands, rocks and resources in the process.

Seeking to make new facts on the ground (or, more literally, on the water), Beijing has permitted and encouraged its paramilitary law enforcement ships and navy to engage in persistent harassment and intimidation of non-Chinese fisherman, military vessels and energy companies seeking to go about their business in the South China Sea. Earlier this month, Chinese coast guard vessels reportedly interfered with the delivery of supplies to Filipino marines stationed on Second Thomas Shoal, a submerged reef near Reed Bank that is believed to be rich in oil and gas. If such incidents are allowed to continue, armed conflict could be around the corner.

But what distinguishes the contest over sovereignty in the Asia-Pacific from events unfolding more than 5,000 miles away in Eastern Europe is that hope remains for a peaceful solution that eschews coercion and force in exchange for international law and diplomacy.

Outmatched by China’s rapidly growing military, and dispirited by 17 years of failed bilateral diplomacy to settle its disputes with Beijing, the Philippines decided in January 2013 that its only recourse was to submit its claims to compulsory arbitration under the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, which governs international rules and rights on the world’s seas. This came on the heels of China’s illegal seizure and occupation (continued to this day) of the contested Scarborough Shoal off of the Philippines’ west coast.

Despite Beijing’s unrelenting efforts to pressure Manila to drop the case, the Philippines plans to file its final “memorial” at the end of March, which will detail its case that many of China’s claims, including the notorious “nine-dash line,” have no standing in international or customary law. Legal experts predict a ruling could come down as early as mid- or late 2015.

In the meantime, countries in the Asia-Pacific – and the international community – have an opportunity to decide what kind of world they want to live in: one governed by rules and institutions; the other by brute force.

The underlying problem, however, is that many governments are reluctant to publicly support a process that Beijing opposes.
In February last year, China formally rejected the proceedings, arguing that the Philippines case is “factually flawed” and “contains false accusations.” To date, China has sought to undermine the legitimacy of the tribunal by failing to file its own legal case and exercise its right to appoint members to the arbitration panel. Nevertheless, China’s refusal to participate will not prevent the arbitration from proceeding or subvert the binding nature of the judgment. If Beijing ignores the tribunal’s ruling – assuming that its judges find they have jurisdiction and subsequently rule in Manila’s favor – China will be in clear violation of its international legal obligations.

It is incumbent upon leaders in Canberra, Paris, Berlin, Jakarta and elsewhere to say as much.

Now is the time for like-minded countries to take a public stance on this issue. If more countries – including leading European nations, Australia and especially some of the ASEAN countries – speak out in favor of the right to use arbitration to resolve maritime disputes (while not siding with Manila), then the reputational cost to China of flouting international law will increase. Beijing may then be compelled to rethink its current position of defiance. It may even avail itself of the opportunity to participate in the tribunal and present a legal defense of its claims, including the nine-dash line.

The low profile taken by states both nearby and far away is to some extent understandable. Their economic dependence on China is growing. What is to be gained by risking Beijing’s ire, which in the Philippines case has resulted in flagrant Chinese diplomatic, economic, and other forms of pressure?

But waiting quietly for the ruling is a losing strategy. If there are no penalties for defying a binding ruling of an international court, then China will assuredly ignore any decisions it dislikes, further destabilizing the region and closing off a potentially promising path for the peaceful management of otherwise noxious disputes. The disruptive consequences would also likely reverberate beyond the region, as China’s willingness to play a constructive and positive role in the international system would be rightfully called into question.

If Asia wishes to prevent events in its own neighborhood that mirror those unfolding today in the Ukraine, it must seize this remarkably clear-cut opportunity to support the development of a rules-based system in Asia. Staying silent on the Philippines arbitration case is a tacit vote against such a future.

 

 

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  1. J. Foster Dulles

    I see we have two more right-wing propagandists(Bonnie Glaser and Ely Ratner) trying to scare us over China. In fact, not since the days of Kublai Khan(1215-1294) has China been an aggressive power and will likely not emerge as one any time soon. Obama and his cronies are already vomiting out their phony outrage over the Russians in Crimea.

    March 26, 2014 at 7:37 pm | Reply
    • Trolling

      GO! Troll... were in civilized world, tell your homeland to follow the rules. Lies & lies, all propaganda do you think the world could not see your true color?

      March 26, 2014 at 9:50 pm | Reply
      • j. von hettlingen

        It is quite unlikely that we would see another Crimea-style annexation in the South China Sea. China doesn't want to be seen as a rogue state, using Mafia-methods to do businesses in the international arena.
        Indeed the territorial disputes there ought to be sorted out once and for all.

        March 27, 2014 at 12:09 pm |
      • LIfejourney

        Yeah, your people are so civilized that you have to kill and enslaved the whole world. Is that what you called civilized?

        March 28, 2014 at 12:28 am |
    • dave

      And you are a communist propagandists. Kublai khan was a mongol not chinese. stop claiming him like you are claming the rocks and sands underwaters.

      March 27, 2014 at 12:11 am | Reply
      • LIfejourney

        Communist or not, at least they don't go around the world and kill off women and children all over the place. Democracy is such a good name that you have to run around and kill innocent women and children, good for you.

        March 28, 2014 at 12:30 am |
    • American Pride

      Very good observation there. Let us (Americans) not be deluded by present day corrupt politicians in the Philippines out to curry favors with our country after they kicked our bases out of the Philippines in the 1990s.

      March 27, 2014 at 2:17 am | Reply
      • LIfejourney

        American has no pride. If American have any pride at all, they would leave the Native people alone in their homeland and go back to where they belong already. If American have any pride, go back to Europe where your ancestors came from. Leave these Native people of America alone instead of placing them in the harsh land where you called "Reservation" as a cover up which you leave them there to die off. Go Back to Europe you coward!

        March 28, 2014 at 12:26 am |
      • Henry James FM

        A corrupt mind will always play a corrupt music and so it does all human race including yours. But in this case the time has come than any small nation must follow the North Korean Lessons.... that we need a nuclear capability and deterrence, and missile technology. It is a little thing that any Bullying nation like China or Russia or any nation will make them behave like a lamb . We have stings... they will show respect or learn to play fair.

        March 28, 2014 at 4:09 am |
      • Wolfie1954

        Dear LifelessJourney -
        With over 300K US Citizens plus some veterans, I CARE about what I see HERE in the P.I. (Philippine Islands for those less "informed"). As a veteran I want ALL of you to know that China HAS found out about the vast amount of Gas and Oil beneath these BEAUTIFUL islands that MANY of you here dismiss so readily and China has already made claim AND began BUILDING on an island or two which, by International agreements signed by Russia, China, the U.S. and other allies, BELONGS TO THE P.I. (AND "Aeta Filipino" WE are NOT talking about a RACE of people here – we WERE talking about the NATIONS= Countries).
        ANOTHER THING YOU PEOPLE ARE MISSING HERE ... We aren't living back when Columbus discovered America ! Laws CHANGE and THAT is done through AGREEMENTS !! This is the 21st Century for God's sake ! Laws were AGREED upon by the MAJORITY of the countries of the world ... IF YOU WANT TO BE PART OF ANOTHER COUNTRY – MOVE THERE, and obey THOSE LAWS, good luck with the lack of freedom though !
        China, Russia, N.Korea and the like ARE deceitful GREEDY power hungry Communist countries with GOOD caring (un-informed) people but leaders that care MORE for THEIR own pockets, then does OUR government leaders.
        Power hungry leaders such as those mentioned above CANNOT be allowed to GRAB land for the sake of Oil and Gas AFTER International Law Agreements have been signed AND the U.N. needs to show Strength and Power to these "old school" leaders BEFORE they move in, NOT AFTER people die "in the name of my God, YOUR "god" or for Oil" ! I'll argue THAT with any of you weak kneed Dems., Reps., Inds. or Coms ... I'll even include you Ignorants and Racists (Yes that would be you "Aeta Filipino" (which I'll call – "uneducated Filipino, wanna be Chinese") !! Please REMAIN in the 21st Century if you decide to try to continue your RIDICULOUS arguments about whether or not China, Russia, N.Korea or The U.S.of A. is a "Bully". Many of you appear to NOT understand the International Laws/Agreements signed by such countries – I ask that you please get informed before making yourselves appear so incredibly ignorant and READ FIRST (IF YOU CAN) and then TRY to write a sensible reply in a RESPECTABLE manner, NOT like the Country's leaders that YOU are ATTEMPTING to back or support .
        BTW, those country's leaders are already making themselves look terribly EVIL, ILLEGAL, IGNORANT, DISHONORABLE AND DISRESPECTFUL ... they really don't need YOUR help in THAT regard. TRY to have a Civil discussion once ..... ISN'T FREEDOM BEAUTIFUL !!!
        God Bless America !!!

        March 30, 2014 at 12:56 pm |
    • Maersk

      Whether they are right-wing of left-wing propagandists I don't know. All I know is that they are typical American kwok zucking kwok zuckers making a living on badmouthing China. Had they focused on kwok zucking the Chinese, I'm sure that the Chinese would give these American kwok zucking kwok zuckers a mouthful.

      March 28, 2014 at 8:35 am | Reply
      • Wolfie1954

        Maersk is a KWOK SUCKING FOOL ... that translates to "An ignorant, misinformed, un-educated commie fool", that is probably paid by the Chinese Government to propagate unrealistic, untrue stories and information to keep control of the GOOD PEOPLE of China (yes, there are MANY GOOD Chinese citizens that do NOT echo the completely insane ideals of this retard "Maersk" !
        HE or SHE is the EXACT reason why I will always support Birth Control, so there are LESS stupid idiots like them in the world.
        BTW :
        I say, "Right on"!, to Bonnie Glaser and Ely Ratner, brilliant, caring Freedom Fighters that have the courage it takes to be a REAL PERSON in today's 21st Century society.

        April 9, 2014 at 1:27 am |
    • Wolfie1954

      With over 300K US Citizens plus some veterans, I CARE about what I see HERE in the P.I. (Philippine Islands for those less "informed"). As a veteran I want ALL of you to know that China HAS found out about the vast amount of Gas and Oil beneath these BEAUTIFUL islands that MANY of you here dismiss so readily and China has already made claim AND began BUILDING on an island or two which, by International agreements signed by Russia, China, the U.S. and other allies, BELONGS TO THE P.I. (AND "Aeta Filipino" WE are NOT talking about a RACE of people here – we WERE talking about the NATIONS= Countries).
      ANOTHER THING YOU PEOPLE ARE MISSING HERE ... We aren't living back when Columbus discovered America ! Laws CHANGE and THAT is done through AGREEMENTS !! This is the 21st Century for God's sake ! Laws were AGREED upon by the MAJORITY of the countries of the world ... IF YOU WANT TO BE PART OF ANOTHER COUNTRY – MOVE THERE, and obey THOSE LAWS, good luck with the lack of freedom though !
      China, Russia, N.Korea and the like ARE deceitful GREEDY power hungry Communist countries with GOOD caring (un-informed) people but leaders that care MORE for THEIR own pockets, then does OUR government leaders.
      Power hungry leaders such as those mentioned above CANNOT be allowed to GRAB land for the sake of Oil and Gas AFTER International Law Agreements have been signed AND the U.N. needs to show Strength and Power to these "old school" leaders BEFORE they move in, NOT AFTER people die "in the name of my God, YOUR "god" or for Oil" ! I'll argue THAT with any of you weak kneed Dems., Reps., Inds. or Coms ... I'll even include you Ignorants and Racists (Yes that would be you "Aeta Filipino" (which I'll call – "uneducated Filipino, wanna be Chinese") !! Please REMAIN in the 21st Century if you decide to try to continue your RIDICULOUS arguments about whether or not China, Russia, N.Korea or The U.S.of A. is a "Bully". Many of you appear to NOT understand the International Laws/Agreements signed by such countries – I ask that you please get informed before making yourselves appear so incredibly ignorant and READ FIRST (IF YOU CAN) and then TRY to write a sensible reply in a RESPECTABLE manner, NOT like the Country's leaders that YOU are ATTEMPTING to back or support .
      BTW, those country's leaders are already making themselves look terribly EVIL, ILLEGAL, IGNORANT, DISHONORABLE AND DISRESPECTFUL ... they really don't need YOUR help in THAT regard. TRY to have a Civil discussion once ..... ISN'T FREEDOM BEAUTIFUL !!!
      God Bless America !!!
      Signed,
      A REAL American Veteran in the P.I. !

      March 30, 2014 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  2. Apak

    This is a well though out article. China is using its might, instead of what is right. There is a reason for laws, and China obviously is violating it

    March 26, 2014 at 7:51 pm | Reply
    • chinx

      if you can't recognize the threat, try being a chinese. let's see if you won't want to immigrate soon.

      March 26, 2014 at 11:55 pm | Reply
      • chinx

        sorry. commented on the wrong comment.

        March 26, 2014 at 11:56 pm |
      • Aeta Filipino

        You're a stupid ethnic Indonesian Filipino. Go back to Indonesia where you came from and give the Philippines back to the AETAS!

        March 28, 2014 at 4:47 am |
    • gnuelk

      two words "Iraq, Afghan". Where happened to " what is right" and " reason for laws", when United States decided to invade and bomb the crap outta those two countries because its countrymen wants revenge? oh, just because China has despite with its weaker neighbors, it automatically means it's a bully? The rule of the law in reality is who ever has the biggest guns makes the laws. South China sea too far for Chinese so the Philippines should have the right to it? Then what about Falkland island, Guam, Hawaii, Alaska?

      March 27, 2014 at 2:05 am | Reply
    • Roilo Golex

      On the contrary, it is the Philippines – led by its amateurish leader Noynoy Aquino – who is violating rules. No wonder the Philippines cannot even get the backing of its Asean neighbors like Malaysia. Brunei and Vietnam to support its arbitration case. Hahaha!!!!

      March 27, 2014 at 2:08 am | Reply
      • Iam Northstar

        Roilo Golex fool! Read your facts right.. Asean neighbors are not supporting Philippines because they are heavily dependent on China investment, stupid.. If China is right in their claim, they should have argued this in the United Nations when the Philippines filed a case.. I'll educate you a bit, you idiot.. The islands claimed by Philippines are based on law – the United Nations Convention on Law of Seas which says that for archipelagic countries like the Philippines, they will have exclusive rights within 200-nautical miles from nearest land.. Vietnam, Malaysia and Taiwan also occupy islets/shoals within the South China Sea but why is China picking the Philippine-occupied ones? It's called bullying, jerk! And mind you, since Pres. Aquino became press. the Philippines has experienced the highest growth rate in all of SEA and even surpassed China's at some point.. so shut up and shove a bitter gourd up your ass..

        March 27, 2014 at 4:23 am |
      • Aeta Filipino

        Forgive "Northstar" since he is stupid. His people stole the Philippines from the Aetas. He should go back to Indonesia where his ancestors came from

        March 28, 2014 at 4:42 am |
      • True Filipino

        The philippine government submitting a complaint against china in the International Legal Arbitration is only excercising its right to protect its sovereignty. A right in which each and every country inherently has. Lets respect the U.N.C.L.O.S

        TO: Aeta Filipino - You are not a true filipino. You are a chinese asset used by the chinese for internet propaganda. :-)

        April 4, 2014 at 8:35 am |
    • LIfejourney

      Yeah, there is a good reason for law. why don't you tell your government to start using law and stop running around the world to kill innocent women and children for once. Stop the killing of innocent people, use your law for once.

      March 28, 2014 at 12:32 am | Reply
      • Joseph McCarthy

        Thank you, Lifejourney. People here say the most ignorant things and parrot the views of the right-wing thugs in Washington D.C.

        March 28, 2014 at 11:39 am |
      • Wolfie1954

        Dear LifelessJourney,
        This one's for you and ALL of those that THINK alike...
        With over 300K US Citizens plus some veterans, I CARE about what I see HERE in the P.I. (Philippine Islands for those less "informed"). As a veteran I want ALL of you to know that China HAS found out about the vast amount of Gas and Oil beneath these BEAUTIFUL islands that MANY of you here dismiss so readily and China has already made claim AND began BUILDING on an island or two which, by International agreements signed by Russia, China, the U.S. and other allies, BELONGS TO THE P.I. (AND "Aeta Filipino" WE are NOT talking about a RACE of people here – we WERE talking about the NATIONS= Countries).
        ANOTHER THING YOU PEOPLE ARE MISSING HERE ... We aren't living back when Columbus discovered America ! Laws CHANGE and THAT is done through AGREEMENTS !! This is the 21st Century for God's sake ! Laws were AGREED upon by the MAJORITY of the countries of the world ... IF YOU WANT TO BE PART OF ANOTHER COUNTRY – MOVE THERE, and obey THOSE LAWS, good luck with the lack of freedom though !
        China, Russia, N.Korea and the like ARE deceitful GREEDY power hungry Communist countries with GOOD caring (un-informed) people but leaders that care MORE for THEIR own pockets, then does OUR government leaders.
        Power hungry leaders such as those mentioned above CANNOT be allowed to GRAB land for the sake of Oil and Gas AFTER International Law Agreements have been signed AND the U.N. needs to show Strength and Power to these "old school" leaders BEFORE they move in, NOT AFTER people die "in the name of my God, YOUR "god" or for Oil" ! I'll argue THAT with any of you weak kneed Dems., Reps., Inds. or Coms ... I'll even include you Ignorants and Racists (Yes that would be you "Aeta Filipino" (which I'll call – "uneducated Filipino, wanna be Chinese") !! Please REMAIN in the 21st Century if you decide to try to continue your RIDICULOUS arguments about whether or not China, Russia, N.Korea or The U.S.of A. is a "Bully". Many of you appear to NOT understand the International Laws/Agreements signed by such countries – I ask that you please get informed before making yourselves appear so incredibly ignorant and READ FIRST (IF YOU CAN) and then TRY to write a sensible reply in a RESPECTABLE manner, NOT like the Country's leaders that YOU are ATTEMPTING to back or support .
        BTW, those country's leaders are already making themselves look terribly EVIL, ILLEGAL, IGNORANT, DISHONORABLE AND DISRESPECTFUL ... they really don't need YOUR help in THAT regard. TRY to have a Civil discussion once ..... ISN'T FREEDOM BEAUTIFUL !!!
        God Bless America !!!

        March 30, 2014 at 12:58 pm |
  3. HONG KONG back to GREAT BRITAIN

    Let's do a really great job. NATO can peacefully negotiate that Chinese give back HONG KONG to GREAT BRITAIN! Then the New World would be happy again, and we could move on with business as usual.

    March 27, 2014 at 4:38 am | Reply
    • J. Foster Dulles

      Spoken like a true idiot! Do you think that we should give Boston back to the British, too? Hong Kong is just as much a part of China as Philadelphia is to the U.S. The British took Hong Kong back in 1842 as a result of their victory over China after the First Opium War(1839-1842) I bet you don't even know what the Opium Wars were all about, do you?

      March 27, 2014 at 9:29 am | Reply
      • Sergio, from ITALY

        No, Boston can stay in USA, as we are together in the NATO alliance there is no much difference. What we are in EU worried about is that many Asians (koreans, chinese, ...) over there in USA. And we are not rascists, it is just a proven fact that, i.e. chinese would bring a different 'compass' – what can also mean wars in the Mediterrannean, i.e. Syria. Chinese and Koreans (hyundai-military) are well known for their rascism-wars. Now, we in EU do not want Asia over there in USA. If you don't want to give the British HONG KONG back – then we do not want – neither chinese nor koreans – in Western World.

        March 27, 2014 at 11:11 am |
  4. WhitePeopleAreTheTrueAgressorsThroughoutHistory

    Asia's Crimea is Tibet... Though hypocritical Americans will never admit it.

    March 27, 2014 at 7:33 am | Reply
  5. Realist

    Nah, the Philippines Crimea is NOT the Spratly's – it's Sabah!

    March 28, 2014 at 1:43 am | Reply
    • Aeta Filipino

      Sabah belongs to Aetas not Malays or ethnic Indonesian Filipinos.

      March 28, 2014 at 4:35 am | Reply
  6. jun

    This is a ridiculous opinion, not even a cent of comparison. Crimean people sought for the enclosure of themselves to Russia; NOT ONE Filipino wants to be included in China. The writer should have done a lot of research first, and CNN too, before posting this kind of article.

    March 28, 2014 at 1:59 am | Reply
    • Aeta Filipino

      I'm Filipino and I want to be part of China. Ethnic Indonesian Filipinos like you are evil. You people stole the Philippines from us. Go back to Indonesia where you came from!

      Beat them up China! Go get them!

      March 28, 2014 at 4:33 am | Reply
      • True Filipino

        I AM TRUE FILIPINO. I LOVE THE PHILIPPINES AND THE PEOPLE OF THIS PLANET. I WANT A TO LIVE IN A HARMONIOUS LIFE. THAT IS WHY I BELIEVE THAT RULES AND REGULATIONS HAVE TO BE PLACED AND FOLLOWED. IF THE WORLD WILL SUPPORT THE LEGAL ARBITRATION THROUGH u.n.c.l.o.s, THIS WILL SET THE TREND TO FOLLOW. IF COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD WILL FAIL TO ACT NOW, THEN FUTURE CONFLICTS IN OTHER REGIONS WILL NOT BE RESOLVED THROUGH LEGAL ARBITRATION. THIS GENERATION SHOULD SET AN EXAMPLE OF LEGAL ARBITRATION, BECAUSE IF NOT...THE WORLD WONT FIND A PEACEFUL RESOLUTION TO ANY FORM OF CONFLICT. THE TIME IS "NOW" TO SET AN EXAMPLE TO FUTURE GENERATIONS FOR PEACEFUL RESOLUTION THROUGH LEGAL ARBITRATION. THE TIME IS NOW TO MAKE A PEACEFUL PLANET. LET US FOLLOW THE RULES. ANCIENT MAP DOESN'T GOVERN THE PRESENT GEOGRAPHY. THAT IS WHY IT IS CALLED "ANCIENT MAP" AND IT SHOULD NOT BE THE BASIS FOR THE PRESENT WORLD OR ELSE WE WILL ALWAYS REMAIN IN CHAOS. THAT IS THE VERY REASON THAT U.N.C.L.O.S. AND OTHER UNITED NATIONS GOVERNING BODY WAS CREATED TO SO THAT MANKIND CAN LIVE IN PEACE AND CAN CONTINUE TO LIVE IN THIS PLANET. PLEASE LET US SUPPORT THE LEGAL ARBITRATION FOR PEACEFUL RESOLUTION. LET OUR GENERATION PLANT THE GOOD SEED OF EXAMPLE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS OF THIS PLANET.

        April 4, 2014 at 8:27 am |
  7. Native America/Aussie Aboriginal/Aeta Filipino

    America is the True Crimea. White men stole it from Native Americans.

    Australia is another Crimea. White men stole it from aboriginals.

    The Philippines is another Crimea. Ethnic Indonesian Filipinos who belong to the majority stole it from Aetas.

    The Philippines was also annexed by the USA a century ago.

    The white man is the TRUE AGGRESSOR who annexes the whole world to make it his gay paradise.

    March 28, 2014 at 4:28 am | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      The above statement is quite true. Enough said.

      March 28, 2014 at 11:36 am | Reply
    • Wolfie1954

      Just for YOU "WhitePeople" or "NativeAmerican/",
      With over 300K US Citizens plus some veterans, I CARE about what I see HERE in the P.I. (Philippine Islands for those less "informed"). As a veteran I want ALL of you to know that China HAS found out about the vast amount of Gas and Oil beneath these BEAUTIFUL islands that MANY of you here dismiss so readily and China has already made claim AND began BUILDING on an island or two which, by International agreements signed by Russia, China, the U.S. and other allies, BELONGS TO THE P.I. (AND "Aeta Filipino" WE are NOT talking about a RACE of people here – we WERE talking about the NATIONS= Countries).
      ANOTHER THING YOU PEOPLE ARE MISSING HERE ... We aren't living back when Columbus discovered America ! Laws CHANGE and THAT is done through AGREEMENTS !! This is the 21st Century for God's sake ! Laws were AGREED upon by the MAJORITY of the countries of the world ... IF YOU WANT TO BE PART OF ANOTHER COUNTRY – MOVE THERE, and obey THOSE LAWS, good luck with the lack of freedom though !
      China, Russia, N.Korea and the like ARE deceitful GREEDY power hungry Communist countries with GOOD caring (un-informed) people but leaders that care MORE for THEIR own pockets, then does OUR government leaders.
      Power hungry leaders such as those mentioned above CANNOT be allowed to GRAB land for the sake of Oil and Gas AFTER International Law Agreements have been signed AND the U.N. needs to show Strength and Power to these "old school" leaders BEFORE they move in, NOT AFTER people die "in the name of my God, YOUR "god" or for Oil" ! I'll argue THAT with any of you weak kneed Dems., Reps., Inds. or Coms ... I'll even include you Ignorants and Racists (Yes that would be you "Aeta Filipino" (which I'll call – "uneducated Filipino, wanna be Chinese") !! Please REMAIN in the 21st Century if you decide to try to continue your RIDICULOUS arguments about whether or not China, Russia, N.Korea or The U.S.of A. is a "Bully". Many of you appear to NOT understand the International Laws/Agreements signed by such countries – I ask that you please get informed before making yourselves appear so incredibly ignorant and READ FIRST (IF YOU CAN) and then TRY to write a sensible reply in a RESPECTABLE manner, NOT like the Country's leaders that YOU are ATTEMPTING to back or support .
      BTW, those country's leaders are already making themselves look terribly EVIL, ILLEGAL, IGNORANT, DISHONORABLE AND DISRESPECTFUL ... they really don't need YOUR help in THAT regard. TRY to have a Civil discussion once ..... ISN'T FREEDOM BEAUTIFUL !!!
      God Bless America !!!
      Signed,
      A REAL Veteran/Native American
      p.s. : DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SPEAK FOR US nor EVEN PRETEND TO KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT WHEN YOU USE THE WORDS "Native American"

      March 30, 2014 at 1:03 pm | Reply
      • Joseph McCarthy

        Come on Wolfie1954, how did you expect God to bless America while we keep on butchering people in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen with those ungodly drones and Apache helicopters of ours? Please Wolfie , do drop your self righteousness and arrogance. It makes you look like a hateful, dimwitted Tea Partier!

        March 30, 2014 at 4:55 pm |
      • OWNING27

        https://treaties.un.org/Pages/ViewDetailsIII.aspx?&src=TREATY&mtdsg_no=XXI~6&chapter=21&Temp=mtdsg3&lang=en

        April 6, 2014 at 10:49 am |
  8. Aeta Filipino

    Ethnic Indonesian Filipinos are now the majority in the Philippines because they are evil aggressors who stole the Philippines from us Aetas.

    March 28, 2014 at 4:50 am | Reply
  9. Aeta Filipino

    "Malay" Filipinos, go back to Indonesia where you belong!

    Swing back to your jungle and stay there!

    March 28, 2014 at 4:52 am | Reply
  10. Wolfie1954

    As for ASIAN countries SUPPORTING China? OMG ... what a laugh ... Read this news excerpt ...

    http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/08/vietnam-must-keep-cool-head-in-china-row/?iref=allsearch

    March 30, 2014 at 1:13 pm | Reply
    • OWNING27

      As a citizen of the Republic of the Philippines, I don't think "Wolfie1954" understands us and our country as you only believe in such thing that you only want to believe. First, you are who is a "racist" here. I don't want to disrespect an "old man" but what you say is no difference to China or to other so-called "bully" countries. The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) as provided in Part XV of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea which was agreed and signed by China on December 10, 1982. See Link: (https://treaties.un.org/Pages/ViewDetailsIII.aspx?&src=TREATY&mtdsg_no=XXI~6&chapter=21&Temp=mtdsg3&lang=en)

      DECLARATION:
      China14,15,16

      Declaration:
      1. In accordance with the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the People's Republic of China shall enjoy sovereign rights and jurisdiction over an exclusive economic zone of 200 nautical miles and the continental shelf.

      Now Mr. "Wolfie", tell me why China has to "BREACH" the INTERNATIONAL LAW from UN that they've signed???? We re talking about LAW here and not some "HEAR-SAY" or "OPINIONS" from some "ANONYMOUS" people... THIS IS LAW and that's the reason why we have GOVERNMENT for both NATIONAL and INTERNATIONAL. Please think...

      April 6, 2014 at 10:48 am | Reply
  11. OWNING27

    As a citizen of the Republic of the Philippines, I don't think "Wolfie1954" understands us and our country as you only believe in such thing that you only want to believe. First, you are who is a "racist" here. I don't want to disrespect an "old man" but what you say is no difference to China or to other so-called "bully" countries. The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) as provided in Part XV of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea which was agreed and signed by China on December 10, 1982. See Link: (https://treaties.un.org/Pages/ViewDetailsIII.aspx?&src=TREATY&mtdsg_no=XXI~6&chapter=21&Temp=mtdsg3&lang=en)

    DECLARATION:
    China14,15,16

    Declaration:
    1. In accordance with the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the People's Republic of China shall enjoy sovereign rights and jurisdiction over an exclusive economic zone of 200 nautical miles and the continental shelf.

    Now Mr. "Wolfie", tell me why China has to "BREACH" the INTERNATIONAL LAW from UN that they've signed???? We re talking about LAW here and not some "HEAR-SAY" or "OPINIONS" from some "ANONYMOUS" people... THIS IS LAW and that's the reason why we have GOVERNMENT for both NATIONAL and INTERNATIONAL. Please think...

    April 6, 2014 at 10:45 am | Reply
    • Wolfie1954

      First of all Mr. or Ms. OWNING27, you have NO CLUE what YOU speak of when you speak about me or what my beliefs are ! NO CLUE AT ALL !
      I am farther from a racist than YOU will EVER even THINK about being. You have obviously not read any of my other posts which REALLY ECHOS your quotes about the International Laws of which China repeatedly ignores. As an American Citizen, I happen to defend the PI's Government and have openly condemned the United Nations and the U.S. Governments "wait and see" stance on the issues you MISTAKENLY read in my posting(s). You have actually attacked someone that you should be agreeing with, since I agree with your interpretation of the Laws. In case you are still confused: CHINA IS WRONG !
      Another thing you arrogant fool ... do NOT suggest that you "don't want to disrespect an old man" and then turn around and TRY insulting me calling me "old man". I would much rather be the intelligent "old man" on the side of right, than be the ignorant IMMATURE fool that you portray with your "lack of understanding" comment toward me.
      Before you TRY to match wits with me and throw insults at me or those that agree with the BOTH OF US ... FIRST TRY to READ and UNDERSTAND (much better than you write) the English printed ...The PI needs as many Allies as it can gather together, your attacks and insults obviously do NOT reflect the ideals and understanding that the majority of Pinoy have here on the islands and ESPECIALLY those that know and/or have met me !
      Here's a friendly suggestion for you: Don't attack those that can help ... save it for the Chinese ... THEY are OUR enemy ! IF ONLY you had read the article I posted and understood it ... you'd have saved yourself the time and "face" you lost writing your INSANE comment !
      BTW, I am very proud of my age (which overcomes your ignorance, with experience and wisdom), my physique and frame of mind. I am well liked and respected among YOUR brothers and sisters as well as being in love with one of your sisters and very happy here in the PI's. IF and when the time is necessary, I fully intend to pick up a rifle and help the good people here defend their Nation, right along side MY 300,000 fellow Americans and Veterans here.
      I pray that you'll have matured enough to know which direction to fire (IF you are brave enough and they allow you to carry a weapon to fight alongside).
      YOU should heed your own advice and "THINK" before you flex your "weak" fingers and mind.
      Good day YOUNG man !

      April 8, 2014 at 12:37 pm | Reply
    • Wolfie1954

      FOR EYES OF IDIOTS ONLY (owning27, lifeLESSjourney, aetaMillipedo, Joseph McCrack, Spoiled Grotesque Golex and gnue-LicKer

      A previous posting of mine:

      Dear LifelessJourney -
      With over 300K US Citizens plus some veterans, I CARE about what I see HERE in the P.I. (Philippine Islands for those less "informed"). As a veteran I want ALL of you to know that China HAS found out about the vast amount of Gas and Oil beneath these BEAUTIFUL islands that MANY of you here dismiss so readily and China has already made claim AND began BUILDING on an island or two which, by International agreements signed by Russia, China, the U.S. and other allies, BELONGS TO THE P.I. (AND "Aeta Filipino" WE are NOT talking about a RACE of people here – we WERE talking about the NATIONS= Countries).
      ANOTHER THING YOU PEOPLE ARE MISSING HERE ... We aren't living back when Columbus discovered America ! Laws CHANGE and THAT is done through AGREEMENTS !! This is the 21st Century for God's sake ! Laws were AGREED upon by the MAJORITY of the countries of the world ... IF YOU WANT TO BE PART OF ANOTHER COUNTRY – MOVE THERE, and obey THOSE LAWS, good luck with the lack of freedom though !
      China, Russia, N.Korea and the like ARE deceitful GREEDY power hungry Communist countries with GOOD caring (un-informed) people but leaders that care MORE for THEIR own pockets, then does OUR government leaders.
      Power hungry leaders such as those mentioned above CANNOT be allowed to GRAB land for the sake of Oil and Gas AFTER International Law Agreements have been signed AND the U.N. needs to show Strength and Power to these "old school" leaders BEFORE they move in, NOT AFTER people die "in the name of my God, YOUR "god" or for Oil" ! I'll argue THAT with any of you weak kneed Dems., Reps., Inds. or Coms ... I'll even include you Ignorants and Racists (Yes that would be you "Aeta Filipino" (which I'll call – "uneducated Filipino, wanna be Chinese") !! Please REMAIN in the 21st Century if you decide to try to continue your RIDICULOUS arguments about whether or not China, Russia, N.Korea or The U.S.of A. is a "Bully". Many of you appear to NOT understand the International Laws/Agreements signed by such countries – I ask that you please get informed before making yourselves appear so incredibly ignorant and READ FIRST (IF YOU CAN) and then TRY to write a sensible reply in a RESPECTABLE manner, NOT like the Country's leaders that YOU are ATTEMPTING to back or support .
      BTW, those country's leaders are already making themselves look terribly EVIL, ILLEGAL, IGNORANT, DISHONORABLE AND DISRESPECTFUL ... they really don't need YOUR help in THAT regard. TRY to have a Civil discussion once ..... ISN'T FREEDOM BEAUTIFUL !!!
      God Bless America !!!

      March 30, 2014 at 12:56 pm |

      April 8, 2014 at 1:24 pm | Reply
  12. Wolfie1954

    IF only there was an IQ Test people HAD to pass to be able to post on here, I am certain we'd no longer hear from :
    owning27, lifeLESSjourney, aetaMillipedo, Joseph McCrack, Spoiled Grotesque Golex and gnue-LicKer ....
    but then, it would mean that ALL of those Heros, that kept ALL of us from having to speak German, would have died in vain.

    We should give THOSE MENTIONED ABOVE, time to understand what I wrote ... a couple weeks or months SHOULD be enough time ... "What say ye !?"

    April 8, 2014 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  13. lem1

    china is weak as compared to russia. all their military hardware are sub standard.

    April 20, 2014 at 6:56 am | Reply
  14. lem1

    now I know why communist china afraid to face the philippines in the international tribunal of UNCLOS its because of........Try to see link below

    http://betterphils.blogspot.com/2014/05/in-1930s-china-didnt-know-where.html?m=1

    May 4, 2014 at 3:16 am | Reply

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