Philippine president’s aide warns of ‘unwanted hostilities’ over Chinese boats

Philippine president’s aide warns of ‘unwanted hostilities’ over Chinese boats
Philippine president’s aide warns of ‘unwanted hostilities’ over Chinese boats

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Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - Some of the about 220 Chinese vessels reported by the Philippine Coast Guard are pictured at Whitsun Reef, South China Sea, March 7, 2021. — Philippine Coast Guard/National Task Force-West Philippine Sea handout via Reuters

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MANILA, April 5 — Territorial “incursions” by hundreds of Chinese vessels in the South China Sea are straining ties between Manila and Beijing, and could lead to “unwanted hostilities”, an aide to President Rodrigo Duterte’s said today.

Salvador Panelo, the presidential legal counsel, said the boats’ prolonged presence in the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) was an unwelcome stain on relations and “may trigger unwanted hostilities that both countries would rather not pursue.”

“We can negotiate on matters of mutual concern and benefit, but make no mistake about it — our sovereignty is non-negotiable,” Panelo said in a statement.

Though Philippine diplomats and top generals have strongly criticised China lately, Panelo’s remarks are the toughest to come from the office of Duterte, who has shown reluctance to confront China since making surprise overtures towards Beijing when he became president.

His refusal to press China to abide by a landmark 2016 arbitral ruling that went in Manila’s favour in a case filed by a previous administration has frustrated nationalists, who say Duterte was seduced by promises of Chinese loans and investment, little of which materialised.

Duterte has previously said challenging China risked starting a war.

The Philippines last month filed a diplomatic protest about a “swarming and threatening” presence of 220 Chinese vessels believed to be manned by militias at Whitsun Reef, a stance backed by the United States.

The ships have since spread to other areas of the Philippines’ EEZ.

Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, China and Vietnam also have competing claims for islands and features in the area.

Panelo said the Philippines would not be blinded by China’s humanitarian gestures amid violations of international law and its sovereign rights, referring to Covid-19 vaccines donated by China.

Its embassy in Manila did not immediately respond to a request for comment. China says the boats were sheltering from rough seas and had no militia aboard.

Opposition senator Risa Hontiveros demanded “hard-headed” Chinese leave the Philippines EEZ immediately.

“We are facing a pandemic and then China is causing trouble,” she said today. — Reuters

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