How could friendship exist if there is a dispute between the two countries? That is the question that Philippines and China need to sort out. The issue about the two countries sending troops to Spratly Islands is alarming for the citizens. This can lead to misunderstanding of the two countries then into something worse.
So, the government of China and Philippines continue to assure its people that the dispute will not affect the friendship of the two countries. A high Chinese official also wanted to maintain the friendly environment in handling the issues.
“According to the Global Times, 14 Chinese Navy vessels staged drills in waters near China’s southern tropical island of Hainan, including antisubmarine maneuvers and the beach landing of troops.
The exercises were aimed at “defending atolls and protecting sea lanes,” reports said.
The China Maritime Surveillance Forces, meanwhile, will be bolstered from the current staff of 9,000 to 15,000 personnel by 2020, the official China Daily reported.
The force falls under the State Oceanic Administration, an agency that supervises China’s coastline and territorial waters.
The patrol fleet will have 350 vessels by 2015 and 520 by 2020, the report said, citing an unnamed senior China Maritime Surveillance official. It will also have 16 planes by 2015.”- June 2011
“MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Francis Pangilinan on Friday said the Philippines must not allow itself to be bullied by China’s “arrogance” in the dispute over the Spratly islands.
“Bakit tayo hihingi ng permiso sa kanila? Kaya nga disputed ang area na ito eh,” he told reporters. “We should not allow ourselves to be intimidated.”
Pangilinan added that the Philippines must press on with its diplomatic protest against China as a way of showing it cannot be bullied.
He said China’s actions are unbecoming of a world power.
“Dapat ‘yon malaking bansa, ‘yon ‘yong dapat maging mapagkumbaba,” Pangilinan said.
The Philippines on Thursday maintained its ownership of Reed Bank, amid a reported call of China to all claimants of the Spratly Islands to stop all forms of explorations in the South China Sea.” June 2011