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#Philippine government is not impressed with #Malaysia, #Vietnam fierce stance vs #China over the maritime dispute in the South China Sea, saying that their actions put the lives & safety of their people in danger. Right, lets surrender like Duterte does globalnation.inquirer.net/178257/palace-…
A standoff between Vietnamese & Chinese forces has been going on for weeks near an oil-rich area within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone. The same activity was seen in May 2019, when a Chinese vessel patrolled waters near Luconia Shoals off the coast of Malaysia’s Sarawak State.
Asked if Vietnam’s move should serve as a model for the Philippines to address the West Philippine Sea dispute, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said: “It means also that Vietnam is risking an armed hostility between the two countries and risking the lives of their people.”
For Panelo, diplomatic negotiation remains the “best method” in addressing the issue. “They can do that, but there is always a risk…something disastrous. The President will not allow that. Rather than risk, the best method to solve the problem is through negotiation he said.
The Duterte administration has been criticized for shelving the Philippines’ arbitral victory against China’s expansive nine-dash-line claim to the South China Sea in 2016, in exchange for warmer trade relations with Asia’s largest economy.
President Duterte has also come under fire for a verbal fishing agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping, giving China access within the Philippines’ EEZ.
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