China may also send warships to Philippines

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BEIJING: China should send warships to the Philippines as part of the typhoon disaster relief effort to counter United States and Japanese influence, state-run media said on Friday.

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Beijing and Manila are embroiled in a row over disputed islands, but if the Philippines rejected the warships proposal, that would only “underscore its narrow mind and will be of no loss to China,” the Global Times said in an editorial.

An eight-strong flotilla of US vessels, headed by the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, arrived off the Philippines on Thursday bearing badly needed equipment, supplies and expertise for the thousands left homeless and hungry by one of the strongest storms in history.

Tokyo is tripling its emergency aid package for the Philippines to more than $30 million, and plans to send as many as 1,000 troops to the disaster zone—the largest single relief operation team sent abroad by its de-facto military.

“We believe China should send its warships to the Philippines too,” said the Global Times, which is close to the Communist Party, adding such a move would be “well-intentioned.”

The dispute over islands in the strategically vital South China Sea—which Beijing claims almost in its entirety—has been running for years.

Manila says Chinese vessels have occupied Scarborough Shoal, which it claims itself, since last year, and it is open to question whether it would welcome a Chinese navy presence in its waters.

The US and Japanese militaries’ part in the relief efforts was an element of Washington’s Asia strategy and may have “more intentions hidden behind the humanitarian aid,” the newspaper—which often strikes a nationalist tone—said in a separate report.

Beijing could send a hospital ship, the Peace Ark, escorted by warships if dispatching its newly commissioned aircraft carrier the Liaoning was “sensitive and premature,” said the editorial.

It came after China said Thursday it would provide a further $1.6 million aid to the Philippines, mainly in tents and blankets, after widespread criticism of its initial modest response of a $100,000 government donation, matched by the Chinese Red Cross.

The country was cautious about sending troops overseas in the past because of “a lack of capabilities, experience and many other concerns”, said the Global Times editorial, which was similar in both English and Chinese editions.

But now, it said: “The Chinese military must gradually assume a more forceful role in China’s diplomacy.

“There is no need for a stronger China to worry about what we should do if our offer is rejected by the Philippines or if we are criticized by global public opinion due to poor performance,” it added.

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15 Comments

  1. Should this send shudders down our spines, my dearest countrymen? Let us show the world that we can care for ourselves, even if at times of momentous misery, we may seek the support of our friends, our real friends.

  2. Danilo Deocampo on

    The Filipino people must rethink their decision in getting the US Naval base
    out of the Philippines. Encourage the US Navy back and get help in protecting the Philippine territories.
    Be smart, Philippines! Know your real friends!

  3. we donot need chinese warships in the philippines. they are communist and it will
    encourage the new peoples army in the philippines to go for more violence.
    No chinese is welcome and most filipinos hated them because they invaded
    spratlys and scarborough shoal. thos island belongs to us…

  4. It is appropriate for China to send more aid. Tacloban alone have flourishing tens of thousands of Chinese immigrants who still have close relatives in the mainland China.

  5. Any help is most welcome…only the proud and the stupid will not accept help when it is sorely needed…thank you, neighbor..!

  6. China can help without prejudice must set aside Scarborough issue the problem for China is self interest or can take back in return. These is a crisis humanitarian where everybody can help without question.

  7. We don’t need their help if reported 84 percent of Chinese people don’t want them to send any aids to us… I still pray for them anyhow… to stop bullying their neighbors…

  8. This should send a shiver down our spine, my dearest countrymen! Let us show the world that we can take care of ourselves, with just a little help from our friends, our real friends.

  9. Roldan Guerrero on

    Did Aquino say : I SHALL RETURN? Just like what Douglas McArthur said? Of course he is back now that foreign aids and assistance are flooding to mingle and meddle on the job he is supposed to do. Japan has granted by now US$30 million now for financial assistance and is sending 1,000 troops to help the distressed areas get back to normal life. A very heroic act the Phils. Government itself coul not do.How many elements of the Phil. military had been deployed in the devastated areas? Christian Amanpoure of CNN said that the actions Aquino is doing reflects the kind of his presidency…this is exactly tue…we have an INUTILE PRESIDENT WHO TALKS SO MUCH BUT DOES NOTHING. MR SIMEON AQUINO WHERE ARE THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS YOU ARE BRAGGING? You always talk of Phils. progress and the good life you have brought to the Filipinos.

  10. Acadiana Pirate on

    Thanks but no thanks. The master copycat is at it again. Just because the US, Brits, and Japan is sending their warships you would do the same. You are too late. The islanders are well fed with 1,500 calorie biscuits. Plus majority does not use chopsticks.

  11. Any aid from any nation should be graciously accepted in times of peril or need, IF it is given that way. Nations that are “shamed” into giving more because of the backlash of an initial paltry offer in order to save face is not a humanitarian gesture. If a party/government/regime cannot gain from it then why do it, right? How about because it is the right thing to do!

  12. Helping our fellow human being in time of devastation, and suffering such as this, following the strongest typhoon that hit central Philippines, would be an endearing gesture for that country and people, especially without any undercurrent selfish motive. Suspicion predominates in the minds of people when it sends gift to a country where adversarial relation exist. Human nature dictates to be careful in the side of caution. I am sure that China are full of good, honest, honorable, and sympathetic people, therefore I would have no objection, for it to send a humanitarian floating hospital to help, care for some of the victims, if acceptable by the Philippine government. May God find and guide both country’s leaders to a more peaceful relationship in the not to distant future.