DUTERTE TO MEET XI IN MAY

US vows to block China from disputed waters

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THE Trump administration has vowed to protect American interests in the South China Sea and block China’s occupation of artificial islands in international waters, a statement that drew a defiant reaction from Beijing.

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“If those islands are, in fact, in international waters and not part of China proper, yeah, we’ll make sure we defend international interests from being taken over by one country,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer said in a news briefing on Monday.

SAVE THE REEFS Environmentalists protest Chinese military activities at the West Philippine Sea in front of the Chinese consulate. PHOTO BY BOB DUNGO JR.

Beijing said it would be “firm in safeguarding our rights” in the disputed waters, while an influential Chinese newspaper said China must strengthen its nuclear arsenal to “force the US to respect it” in response to the stance of the new Trump administration.

The Global Times said China’s nuclear forces “must be so strong that no country would dare launch a military showdown” with it.

China’s state media earlier warned that the US would need to “wage a large-scale war” if it puts up a blockade in the South China Sea, in response to statements from the US Secretary of State-designate, Rex Tillerson.

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua dismissed the newspaper piece and said Beijing would exercise a “wait-and-see” approach on the issue.

“Our policy is for peace and stability. I don’t think that it is advisable or wise for China and the US to engage in a confrontation,” he said during the Chinese Embassy’s Spring Festival reception in Makati City on Monday night.

Zhao announced that President Rodrigo Duterte and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, will hold bilateral talks in May at the sidelines of a multilateral forum.

The Philippine leader was said to have confirmed his attendance to the China-led “One Belt, One Road” economic partnership summit in Beijing. This will be his second meeting with Xi after a state visit in October 2016.

“It’s a summit and a bilateral meeting,” Zhao told reporters.

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  1. I honestly blame DU30 administration for his passive stand over the Chinese continued presence in the Spratly. Chinese pragmatism over any issues necessarily to include even a defiance of the sanctity of the law enshrined in all nations and people for survival is irrelevant when profit comes and seen by sight and vision of the Chinese leaders. It has been a historical one in the Chinese cultural dynasty evolution whereby dynasty leader had to acquire too much for himself irrespective of the human suffering and dignity to live with right and reason. Mao won on his move to a collective effort that was coming from the proletarians, but the culture of money irrespective of means and ways, right reason and the right to live are all irrelevant issues- it should not be insisted outside China. China Leaders should listen to the cry of other nations, especially its neighbors. Chinese leaders should follow the laws for the community of nations.

  2. I agree with Rufino. China has similar political structure as Nazi Germany. They are desperate! They need to keep expanding their economy ( or fake it) to survive. The Philippines also need to learn how to survive on their own. A truly independent Philippines would be like living in heaven–warm climate and very warm and friendly people

  3. What the hell that SOB China is talking about “safe guarding our rights”? That China has no rights at all! China strengthening their nuclear arsenal. That’s b…shit! America can destroy that arsenal and on farther escalation China’s shoreline cities will be turned into ashes, including Hongkong. Obama used to talk a lot, but no action. Watch out our beloved President Donald J. Trump. When he talks, action follows.

    KAYA KAYONG MGA SINGKIT NA MAGNANAKAW, ALIS DIYAN! It is clear that you are violating the international law.

    You f..king China, will go down the drain if the Americans stopped buying your products. We, the Americans is your number one big market.

    Give back that islets to the Filipinos! Forget your ultimate goals to explore the oil and other natural resources of the Philippine sea. Get the hell out of the Philippine sea!