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South China Sea is not no-rule paradise for adventurers

By Zhong Sheng (People's Daily)

15:04, April 26, 2012

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

The wind waves around China's inherent territory Huangyan Island still have not completely calmed down. In disregard of China's principle and standpoint of solving the issue in a diplomatic way and China's constructive actions, the Philippines side is still making a fuss.

A senior military officer of the Philippines declared that they had sent two ships to the Huangyan Island.

Connecting it with the speech of China having turned into a huge threat to many countries in the South China Sea given by the Philippine Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario in the United States, it could be easily seen that the Philippines is playing its cards successively according to its own plan: it is trying to keep the South China Sea issue hot by stirring things up, it is creating the illusion that China could make rules against any countries, and it is trying its best to pull big external countries and the ASEAN to its side so that it could internationalize the issue ultimately.

Since the Philippines side has mentioned the word of "rule" many times, it is necessary for us to remind it: The South China Sea is not a no-rule paradise for adventurers.

The Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea signed by China and ASEAN countries in as early as November 2002 clearly prescribed fundamental rules for treating the South China Sea issue, including keeping the self-control, adopting no action that may complicate and enlarge the dispute and affecte the peace and stability, and coping with divergences of views in constructive ways. Since the Philippines is an important signatory of this document, it should clearly understand the seriousness of the rules mentioned above.

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PD User at 2012-04-28220.164.118.*
There are only two scenarious: One is for the two parties involved to sit down and discuss the costs of exploration, investment ventures etc. like any business partners would. The other is for the Philippines to bear the costs of waging war against a peaceful neighbour, plundering its own poor citizens into even more poverty and grief, unless of course their U.S. Master (who have raped their women before) is willing to take U.S. citizens" money to fund the (male) Philippine politicians great ambition, greed and piracy aggression.
Arc at 2012-04-28121.97.196.*
The whole world are watching. Bring it to international body so the whole world know who legally owned it. Simple!
PD User at 2012-04-2858.9.60.*
The best way to solve the problem is to discuss face to face each with credible evidences to support their respective claim. It is much better to solve the problem with friendliness and without the use of force.
Observer at 2012-04-27180.190.185.*
What invalidates this paper the most is that it does not dare to print disenting thoughts. You defeat your whole purpose of validity in this action.
PD User at 2012-04-27137.71.230.*
Several Official Philippines maps published by Spain and United States in 18th and 20th century show Scarborough Shoal as Philippine territory. The 18th-century map "Carta hydrographica y chorographica de las Islas Filipinas" (1734) shows the Scarborough Shoal then was named as Panacot Shoal. The map also shows the shape of the shoal as consistent with the current maps available as today. During the 1900s Mapa General. Islas Filipinas, Observatorio de Manila and US Coast and Geodetic Survey Map includes the Scarborough Shoal named as "Baju De Masinloc".[11] In 1792, another map drawn by the Malaspina expedition and published in 1808 in Madrid, Spain also showed Bajo de Masinloc as part of Philippine territory. The map showed the route of the Malaspina expedition to and around the shoal. It was reproduced in the Atlas of the 1939 Philippine Census, which was published in Manila a year later and predates the controversial 1947 Chinese South China Sea Claim Map that shows no chinese name on it .[12] Another topographic map drawn in 1820 shows the shoal, named there as "Bajo Scarburo", as a constituent part of Sambalez (Zambales province)

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