In the wake of the sinking of the PH fishing vessel in Recto Bank, the Duterte supporters have been very vocal that going to war against China is not option.
As expected, the critics of PRRD wants the President to take a tougher stance versus China, demanding PRRD condemned the sinking of the PH fishing vessel using the strongest language.
Critics asked if Indonesia and Vietnam can do it against China, why can’t we?
Good thing PRRD isn’t your type of leader who lets his emotion gets the best of him but rather act only after making a thorough assessment of the situation.
On that note, TP or Thinking Pinoy made a categorical response to critics on the QUESTION: WHY ARE WE SO SCARED OF CHINESE RETALIATION WHEN VIETNAM CAN AFFORD TO ASSERT ITS CLAIMS “UNFAILINGLY”?
His ANSWER? An emphatic, “We can stop our delusions by googling a little.” Ouch!
According to TP’s research, Vietnam bowed to China pressure in 2017 by calling off their plan to drill oil in an area about 400 kilometers off Vietnam’s coast.
This happened after China bowed to attack Vietnam’s military bases located in the Spratlys.
TP remarked that if Vietnam BLINKED to China’s pressure even if it has far more superior military and far more nationalistic citizens than the Philippines, TP begged the war hawks to explain the logic to him behind calls for a more aggressive stance versus China over our Spratly claims.
Meanwhile, TP also scored a point versus critics who are very angry at China and very friendly towards Vietnam especially when the news that a Vietnamese boat rescued the 22 crewmen after their boat was rammed by a Chinese vessel.
TP asked if we are so angry about Chinese intrusion into our self-proclaimed territory, then why is no one even batting an eyelash on what Vietnam is doing?
The reason being, according to TP’s research, Vietnam has occupied more territories in the Spratlys than the Chinese. In fact, Vietnam occupied 19 while China only has 7.
TP’s point is this: Philippine reactions should be proportionate to foreign actions on what we consider to be our territory.
For more details, you may start reading TP’s full FB post below.
In 2017, Beijing warned Hanoi that it would attack Vietnamese bases in the Spratly Islands if gas drilling continued in the area. Hanoi then ordered Spain’s Repsol, whose subsidiary was conducting the drilling, to stop drilling [CNBC | http://tiny.cc/780e8y].
If Vietnam, which has a far more superior military and a far more nationalistic populace than the Philippines, BLINKED, then please explain to me the logic behind suggestions that we should be just as aggressive, if not more aggressive, than Vietnam over our sea claims?
And while we’re at it, why is no one mentioning that Vietnam is currently occupying more SCS features than China?
The American Society of International Law created the accompanying image listing occupied features in the South China Sea [http://tiny.cc/ht1e8y].
Vietnam has 19 outposts and facilities within the area that the Philippines claims while China only has 7. If we are so angry about Chinese intrusion into our self-proclaimed territory, then why is no one even batting an eyelash on what Vietnam is doing?
Bakit mas galit pa tayo sa nanghipo kaysa sa nanghalay and to make matters worse, some prominent Filipino officials even consider the “nanghalay” friends?
The point here is this: Philippine reactions should be commensurate to foreign actions on what we consider to be our territory.
If we are angry at China for building 7 outposts, then why aren’t we angrier at Vietnam that built 19?
Conversely, if we are friendly to Vietnam despite having built 19 outposts, then why can’t we be friendly to China which built only 7, or less than half of that?
This is not to say that we should be friendly or hostile to any of the countries: that’s something that official Foreign Policy decision-makers are better equipped to determine.
In light of Vietnam’s status quo in the contested waters, however, this disproportional reaction against our dispute with the Chinese suggests that those who call for a more belligerent policy against China while calling Vietnam “friends” are either ignorant of the situation or have motives other than defending what we claim as ours.