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Manila bears unshirkable responsibility for tension in South China Sea


来源:China Military Online 责任编辑:Li Jiayao
2024-06-30 20:28:44

The Philippine government secretly reinforced its dilapidated warship aground at Ren'ai Jiao in the disguise of providing "humanitarian supplies". Manila's intrusion into waters around Ren'ai Jiao without China's permission violated international law and the guiding principles of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC). The Philippine ships carried construction materials and weapons and equipment, and intentionally collided with Chinese ships. Additionally, the Philippine personnel also splashed water and hurled objects at Chinese law enforcers. Such actions have significantly intensified tensions on the sea and seriously threatened the safety of Chinese personnel and ships. It is completely lawful, reasonable, and unreproachable for China to take necessary measures to safeguard its sovereign rights in a professional and restrained manner.


The Ren'ai Jiao has always been a part of China's Nansha Qundao. The history of the Ren'ai Jiao issue is very clear. After the Philippine warship illegally grounded at Ren'ai Jiao in 1999, which was a gross violation of China's sovereignty, China lodged representations against Manila immediately, and the latter repeatedly promised to remove the warship. Officials from the Philippine Foreign Ministry used to declare that they had no intention of building facilities on the Ren'ai Jiao, and the country had no wish to be the first one to contravene the DOC. Now 25 years have passed and the Philippine warship is still sitting there. Manila even attempted to deliver construction materials needed for massive repair and reinforcement to build permanent facilities in the Ren'ai Jiao. The Philippine side's infidelity and provocations have not only breached the understanding reached by the two countries on managing and controlling the Ren'ai Jiao issue, but also violated the DOC, especially Article 5, which provides that the parties should refrain from action of inhabiting on the presently uninhabited islands, reefs, shoals, cays, and other features. The Philippine side is to blame for the recent tensions in the South China Sea.


China's sovereignty over Nanhai Zhudao and its relevant rights and interests in the South China Sea are fully and well evidenced in historical and legal documents and widely recognized in the international community. The territory of the Philippines is defined by a series of international treaties, including the 1898 Treaty of Peace between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Spain, the 1900 Treaty between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Spain for Cession of Outlying Islands of the Philippines, and the 1930 Convention between His Majesty in Respect of the United Kingdom and the President of the United States regarding the Boundary between the State of North Borneo and the Philippine Archipelago. China's Nansha Qundao and Huangyan Dao are not within the Philippine territory as delimited above. The Philippines, through constant infringements, provocations and trouble-making on the sea and spread of disinformation in total disregard of historical facts, is trying to mislead the international community and distort its perception of the South China Sea issue.


Recently the Philippines unilaterally submitted a request to the UN to extend the outer limits of its continental shelf in the disputed South China Sea, which is a downright violation of China's sovereign rights and jurisdiction, of international law including the UNCLOS, and of relevant DOCprovisions. Its attempt at encroaching upon Chinese territory in the name of demarcation will not succeed."Historical records support China's claims in the South China Sea 100%," said Mark Hoskin, a British scholar who is also a member of the London Court of International Arbitration, adding that Manila's narrative on the South China Sea disputes has no legal, historical, or factual basis whatsoever.


The Philippines has colluded with out-of-region forces to constantly make waves and create trouble in the South China Sea, posing a severe threat to regional peace, stability, prosperity, and development. The US, out of its selfish geopolitical agenda, has played an infamous role by supporting Manila's infringements and using the South China Sea issue to sow discord between China and other countries in the region. To maintain its interests in Asia Pacific, Washington is turning the Philippines into its new "colony", manipulating it to stir up trouble in the South China Sea and interfering in regional affairs to contain China and maintain its global hegemony.


Thanks to the joint efforts of China and ASEAN countries, the South China Sea situation is generally stable at the moment. The relationship between China and the Philippines is at a crossroads, and Manila had better be very careful which way it will go next. We advise the Philippine side to immediately stop any provocations that may further expand the disputes and complicate the situation, come back on the right track of observing and implementing the DOC, and make joint efforts with China to maintain bilateral relations and peace and stability in the South China Sea.


Editor's note: Originally published on people.com.cn, this article is translated from Chinese into English and edited by the China Military Online. The information and opinions in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of eng.chinamil.com.cn.