• Chinese media warns of ‘counterstrike’ vs PH

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    BEIJING: Chinese state-media accused the Philippines of using the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) group of nations as an “accomplice” in the violation of its sovereignty claims in the South China Sea and warned of a potential “counterstrike”.

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    The editorial in the overseas edition of the People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of China’s ruling Communist Party, came as the Asean was due to meet in Brunei, with disputes in the Sea expected to dominate discussions.

    The Philippines, which has sought closer ties with Washington amid territorial disputes with Beijing, “calls on the United States (US) as ‘patron’” and uses Asean as an “accomplice,” the editorial said.

    It added that the Philippines was guilty of “seven sins,” including the “illegal occupation” of parts of the Spratly Islands, strengthening control over disputed coral reefs, inviting foreign companies to develop oil and gas resources in disputed waters, and promoting the “internationalization” of the sea.

    “If the Philippines continues to provoke China . . . a counterstrike will be hard to avoid,” the editorial said.

    Members of the Asean group hope to reach a legally binding code of conduct aimed at easing tensions over disputed areas in the Sea, which is claimed almost in its entirety by Beijing, leading to long-running disputes with several neighboring countries including the Philippines.

    China has resisted Asean efforts to create a legally binding code to govern conduct on the sea, and analysts say Beijing will continue to oppose any agreement weakening its claims.

    The Philippines this year sought UN arbitration over its dispute with China, a move condemned by Beijing.

    A US destroyer joined the Philippine Navy’s flagship this week for military exercises close to the Scarborough Shoal, which China insists it owns.

    Countries around the region have boosted spending on their navies in recent years in response to tensions, raising fears of a military conflict.

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    1. I agree with the position that if the Philippines continues to provoke China , a counterstrike will have to be taken.1.3 billion Chinese people strongly support the government decision to defend its national sovereignty and territorial integrity.It si necessary for China to teach the Philippines a lesson so PH will learn to be a responsible member in Asia.

    2. China again makes FARTING remarks at us BUT only FARTING wherein no ACTIONS as they know that the world community will never ever gonna side with them except only for their stooges like cambodia and north korea. how useless their rhetoric are when all they can do is just blowing FART at the philippines and also to the US and ASEAN as a whole. China is now in the NERVOUS MODE as ASEAN members will be meeting in brunei and top of the agenda is the code of conduct when all has been finalise and majority of the asean members voted for the code of conduct then China will simply be in a corner, no one will come and pat his FARTING As s. so let it be China your next action will be WHAT?????

    3. Why should there be war when peace is achievable if everybody follow the rule of the sea. In the height of the arrogance of men coupled with greed, war is inevitable. Brotherhood, fairness and humility, will achieve peace. So it is a choice by a leader who perceived himself to be superior for control and personal gain. It is sad, should this happen because it does not leave the other party any choice, but to defend itself. I hope China think twice before he launch his threat of strike,against this poor Asian country, he will not only face Philippines but also its allies. It will be a dangerous trigger for WW lll. God have mercy on us all.