Philippine Govt Denounces New Chinese Maritime Policy

Map of South China Sea area affected by China’s new maritime policy. source: CIA

China recently issued a new maritime policy which, it says, allows Chinese border patrol to board and expel foreign ships (ie, non-Chinese ships) from the China Sea.

This policy expands China’s borders beyond what maritime law currently allows and would infringe on the shipping rights of neighboring nations, some of whom, such as the Philippines, are United States allies.

I am posting this because I think it’s pertinent to America’s economic policies. China’s new military and economic prowess are the weapons that we built by exporting our industrial base to a Communist country. I believe this is a direct result of the sell-out of the American people and America’s interests by both political parties in the service of multi-national corporations.

For all their demagoguery, neither political party can seriously address the deficit, our overall budget, or how to effectively govern this country so long as they continue to ignore most of the causes for these problems. In addition, China’s growing military might and its impact on our allies in the South Pacific, while they pose no direct threat to America at this time, are likely to become more serious in the future.

Our problems in this country almost all stem from poor governance by bad elected officials of both political parties who are more interested in bashing one another than doing something for the people of this nation.

The China Daily Mail article reads in part:

The Philippine Government recently denounced China‘s new maritime law that will allow its border patrol to board and expel foreign ships in the South China Sea.

In a statement through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippine officials described the policy as a “gross violation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea”, among other cited international agreements.

Moreover, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN has also voiced concern over China’s latest pronouncement as it may impede maritime access over the tension-filled area.

This latest round of diplomatic row comes right after China’s issuance of new passports that included a map of South China Sea, prompting the Philippines to issue a separate visa form for Chinese nationals. (Read more here.)

  • Mr. V

    On a different topic: I have posted a recording of myself singing one of my favorite Christmas carols, as I said I would do a few weeks ago. I now lay the gauntlet down for you and all the other bloggers who said they would do likewise.

    Looking forward to hearing y’all singing! :D

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      I was thinking about this last night. Would you send me the link again? If you would, wait until this weekend. I’ve having surgery on my foot again in a few hours, so I’ll be worthless for a couple of days. (You may regret asking me to sing. It’s not pretty. :-) )

      • Mr. V

        No problem, I’ll send you the link, and then you can post whenever you wish. Just drop me a comment or email me and let me know when you will do it so I can be ready. As soon as you make the call, it’ll be posted, and it will have the generic title of Audio Post. I’ll then go in and change the title to something like ” ‘Title of Hymn’ sung by Rebecca Hamilton” or some such.

        Looking forward to it! And don’t be timid, have you heard my voice on the one I posted? :D

  • Grin Olsson

    Statistical probability would indicate that the Chinese are going to provoke a serious confrontation with many of the nations who dispute the South China Sea. The Philippines due to logistics can to defend those island inhabited by Filipinos outside of the 200 mile economic zone – so a correlated co-efficient of the data indicates they will probably evacuate those islands.
    However with respect to the Scarborough Shoals it is quite evident that the Philippines can indeed defend those small islands and prevail. They Philippines has almost 200 helicopters and the shoals can be monitored 24 hours a days non-stop. The two large Filipino Coast Guard vessels have helipads for emergencies and can be stationed out of harms way half way between the shoals and Luzon Island. The shoal islands are so small only about 20 marines are needed to be deployed there. If the Chinese attack, more marines can be deployed and America will come at that time to the Philippines’ aid. Spot lights on the helicopters would have a psychological impact on Chinese boats still lingering around the shoals – but the bottom line is – the Chinese boats may be in the lagoon, but they have no where to set their feet – in effect this strategy puts the Chinese in a position of being out in the middle of the ocean with no where to go. The Scarborough Shoals are too critical and strategic allowing the monitoring of Filipino and American shipping as well as targeting Filipino cities. This is what I envision to happen in the near future.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Sadly, what you are talking about is an unnecessary war. I believe you are also describing a short-term balance of power which will change in China’s favor. Anyone with eyes can see that they intend to expand their empire through military force and threat of military force. How long will it be before America, with it’s almost non-existent ability to make its own goods due to exporting this ability to China, will be drawn into this?

      We’ve brought this beast to life. Now what are we going to feed it?

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