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Monday, 01 August 2011 22:07

 

 

An “Exclusive Report” by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA

(© 2011 Journal Group Link International)
 

C HICAGO (jGLi) – The People’s Republic of China is urging the Philippines “to stop unilateral actions that impair China’s sovereignty as well as maritime rights and interests and expand and complicate the South China Sea (Philippine Western Sea) disputes, and to stop making erroneous and irresponsible remarks.”

 

In a response to a fax letter by this reporter, Wang Ruibin, Consul of Political & Press Affairs of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Chicago, said, “China’s position on the South China Sea is consistent and has remained unchanged for centuries, which is in keeping with relevant regulations of international laws, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

 

China urges the Philippines to stop unilateral actions that impair China sovereignty as well as maritime rights and interests and expand and complicate the South China Sea disputes, and to stop making erroneous and irresponsible remarks.”

 

This reporter sent a fax message to China’s consulate in Chicago, seeking comments shortly after the rally staged by Filipino Americans across its consulate last July 8th, protesting China’s alleged intrusion in West Philippine Sea.

 

PRESIDENT AQUINO WANTS TO TAKE IT TO UN

 

A side from Chicago, other Filipino Americans belonging to U.S. Pinoys for Good Government (USP4GG) also held simultaneous rallies in front of China’s embassy in Washington, D.C. and other China’s consulates in New York, New York and San Francisco, California.

 

Mr. Ruibin said, “China is willing to appropriately address relevant disputes with the Philippines through direct consultation and negotiation. China stands ready to implement the DOC and safeguard peace and stability of the South China Sea in real earnest through joint efforts with all relevant parties, in a bid to turn the South China Sea into a sea of peace, friendship and cooperation.”

 

Earlier, Philippine President Benigno Aquino has insisted on settling the West Philippine Sea dispute with China – brought by overlapping claims on the Spratly Islands – through arbitration by the United Nations, ruling out “direct consultation” favored by China.

 

When asked if the Chinese Consulate would have asked the Chicago police to arrest the Filipino American rallyists in the same way that protesters and journalists in Vietnam were earlier arrested, Mr. Ruibin declined to comment.

 

E arlier, U. S. Senator Jim Webb, chair of the East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee, called on the U.S. Department of State Tuesday (July 19) to clarify U.S. treaty commitments when it comes to the aid of the Philippines in light of recent reports of China’s use of force in the South China Sea.

 

Mr. Webb said, “Repeated actions by Chinese government vessels against the Philippines raise serious questions about the circumstances under which our treaty commitments apply.”

 

The Democratic senior senator from Virginia was the sponsor of bi-partisan Senate Resolution 217 unanimously approved last June 27, 2011, by the Senate, calling for a “peaceful and multilateral resolution to maritime territorial disputes in Southeast Asia” notably the area called Philippine Western Sea or South China Sea. # # #

 

Editor’s Note: To contact the author, please e-mail him at: (lariosa_jos@sbcglobal.net)

 



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