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Philippines must learn self-restraint in South China Sea disputes

(People's Daily)

16:11, March 01, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

While most stakeholders in the South China Sea are implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and making active efforts to ease regional tensions through multi-level and multi-faceted cooperation, the Philippines is deliberately stirring up trouble and exerting unnecessarily adverse impact on regional security and stability.

The Philippines is directly responsible for recent escalation of the South China Sea dispute. On Feb. 27, Jose Rene D. Almendras, Philippine Secretary of Energy, announced that the country plans to invite foreign investors to explore 15 petroleum blocks, which he claimed as Philippine territory. Almendras' statement runs counter to facts, and shows total ignorance of China's sovereignty over its territorial waters.

Adhering to its stand on the South China Sea issue, China has taken the interests of all stakeholders into account, and made active efforts to promote multi-faceted cooperation with relevant countries and explore a peaceful solution to the issue.

Last July, China and other parties concerned agreed on the guidelines for implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea.

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McKechnie at 2012-03-1664.231.163.*
I believe that the South China Sea should be given to those that live there. So in this case it should be given to the marine life that live beneath its shimmering waters. It is guaranteed that they will use this area better than any human would.
PD User at 2012-03-02120.28.185.*
Perhaps the areas China claims are NOT China"s? It is well outside the 200 mile coastal limits of China. China is dragging it"s legal feet because it knows that it is not China"s to use. But then. this comment will be denied or "edited" to meet party propaganda standards, just like in the US.
BY at 2012-03-02120.28.185.*
Maybe China needs to realize that it cannot have all it wants and the Philippine people have rights to what is in their property. It is not within 200 miles of China"s coast so it is not China"s.
wende at 2012-03-0171.255.93.*
The Philippines is banking on its "uncle Sam" to come to the rescue. It is time to teach the Philippines a lesson or two. The islands can be taken it 2 days at the most.
HuaQiao at 2012-03-0175.72.239.*
Hey, what about sending 100 millions citizens to live in those disputed areas? or set up military bases on any accessible land areas you can possibly can and have? by looking at google earth, one can see building with vietnamese signs on them, chinese on them, and few with phillipine on them. A tough nation must willing to accept being labeling, using double standards, and willing to give life especially at this critical times where natural resources are becoming less and less. China population is exploding to the points where human traffics are jamming during peak and evening business hours. Use these human resources to secure the natural resources that would endure China for the next century. again, stop building those sky scrappers and use those money to improve China military technologies and equipments. Sooner or later China will have to face reality and thousands and thousands of sky scrapers wouldn"t do any good.
  

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