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Philippines Asia's Strongest Performing Economy

There are 6062 comments on the Manila Bulletin story from Nov 23, 2012, titled Philippines Asia's Strongest Performing Economy. In it, Manila Bulletin reports that:

THE value of Philippine merchandise exports grew by 22.8% to $4.8 billion in September, 2012, higher than the $3.9 billion shipped out in the same month in 2011, making the country the strongest performer among Southeast and East Asian nations.

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“China, follow Internat'l Law!”

Since: Jun 12

United States of America

#5129 May 25, 2013
AAA wrote:
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China ROUGE nation, of course it is. Its national flag is red and red symbolises the CCP. But Philippine is the ROGUE Nation.
Even if other nations don't support, they all want to have a peaceful solution to the problem. Philippine's approach is confrontational, which it cannot afford financially without having a significant impact on the lives of its people. Just imagine, if Philippine spends billions on defense, where is it going to find money for education, infrastructure and economic development etc. The only people who benefit are the politicians and high ranking army officers. Still your annual defence spending is probably just 1% of China. China can take 6 months to build an aircraft carrier, Philippine takes 5 years to buy a frigate, much to the delight of your weapon suppliers.
Confrontational?????

The Philippines invited CHINA to settle the DISPUTE before any U.N. court which is the MOST PEACEFUL WAY to settle dispute.

You call that confrontational?

China has been harassing to the Philippines, VIETNAM, JAPAN, Malaysia and brunei with her navy and air force.

C'mon that is a healdline everyday!

The world knows CHINA is getting in to a ROUGE NATION like north korea.

China rejected UN COURT ARBITRATION because her 9 dash claim is ILLEGAL under international law, as simple as that!

“China, follow Internat'l Law!”

Since: Jun 12

United States of America

#5130 May 25, 2013
AAA wrote:
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China ROUGE nation, of course it is. Its national flag is red and red symbolises the CCP. But Philippine is the ROGUE Nation.
Even if other nations don't support, they all want to have a peaceful solution to the problem. Philippine's approach is confrontational, which it cannot afford financially without having a significant impact on the lives of its people. Just imagine, if Philippine spends billions on defense, where is it going to find money for education, infrastructure and economic development etc. The only people who benefit are the politicians and high ranking army officers. Still your annual defence spending is probably just 1% of China. China can take 6 months to build an aircraft carrier, Philippine takes 5 years to buy a frigate, much to the delight of your weapon suppliers.
So if the Philippines takes forever to GET MILITARY supplies, YOU CALL THAT CONFRONTATIONAL?

You are contradicting your words.

again

When you're seen to be a violator of international law, you don't win many votes from the world community like NORTH KOREA.
AAA

Northwich, UK

#5131 May 25, 2013
Austronesian Guy wrote:
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Yes the DECISION is NON-BINDING
but also,
it is FINAL and NON-APPEALABLE
When you're seen to be a violator of international law, you don't win many votes from the world community.
The Philippines will have the VALID rights to REPEAL the CHINESE.
While CHINESE ACTIONS will be seen ILLEGAL as per the TRIBUNAL'S DECISION.
China will be condemned world wide and WILL BE SEEN AS A ROUGE NATION BY NOT FOLLOWING THE RULES.
again
When you're seen to be a violator of international law, you don't win many votes from the world community LIKE NORTH KOREA.
Actually I see the Manila government much like the North Korea. Both don't give a damn about its people. Its people can live in poverty, die of starvation, institutions breaking down, bad infrastructure, high inflation etc but yet both governments prefer to spend the much needed money on useless weapons. Philippine is not a small country with 100 million people, it has vast resources which are way under utilised. You want to use what you have now to exploit the untapped resources you already have and bring benefits to the people, not wasting the precious cash on fighting for more untapped resources which you cannot or will never exploit.

Politicians love all these war games, it fires up nationalism, make people forgot about the shortcomings of government, poverty and suffering. When the game is over, the people will return to reality to find they are poorer than before while politicians and high ranking army officers have the last laugh.

That is why we think Philippine people are stupid, especially you call yourself a democratic country with full exposure to the world, can't you see at all? On the contrary, North Korea people do not know what is going on outside, they can be forgiven to be ignorant.
AAA

Northwich, UK

#5132 May 25, 2013
Austronesian Guy wrote:
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So if the Philippines takes forever to GET MILITARY supplies, YOU CALL THAT CONFRONTATIONAL?
You are contradicting your words.
again
When you're seen to be a violator of international law, you don't win many votes from the world community like NORTH KOREA.
Why don't you take a look at what Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan are doing. They all have claims on the islands, but no military confrontation with China. Besides, out of these 3, Philippines have already offended 2, so where is your friends? and is PH not confrontational? Even Vietnam looks like it is calming down.

The western countries have their interest in seeing conflicts in the prosperous Asia, and right now Philippine is a pawn they can use. Philippine is poor, desperate and easily manipulated.

“China, follow Internat'l Law!”

Since: Jun 12

United States of America

#5133 May 25, 2013
AAA wrote:
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Actually I see the Manila government much like the North Korea. Both don't give a damn about its people. Its people can live in poverty, die of starvation, institutions breaking down, bad infrastructure, high inflation etc but yet both governments prefer to spend the much needed money on useless weapons. Philippine is not a small country with 100 million people, it has vast resources which are way under utilised. You want to use what you have now to exploit the untapped resources you already have and bring benefits to the people, not wasting the precious cash on fighting for more untapped resources which you cannot or will never exploit.
Politicians love all these war games, it fires up nationalism, make people forgot about the shortcomings of government, poverty and suffering. When the game is over, the people will return to reality to find they are poorer than before while politicians and high ranking army officers have the last laugh.
That is why we think Philippine people are stupid, especially you call yourself a democratic country with full exposure to the world, can't you see at all? On the contrary, North Korea people do not know what is going on outside, they can be forgiven to be ignorant.
No matter how you change the TOPIC.

The CASE HAS BEEN FILED.

NO MORE BILATERAL TALKS.

The International COURT will decide.

CHINA cannot DO ANYTHING ANYMORE.

The Philippines will NOT back down on the CASE

Your 9 dash claim WILL BE INVALIDATED SOON!

The DECISION WILL BE FINAL and NON-APPEALABLE!

China will BE evicted out of SOUTH CHINA SEA in A LEGAL WAY.
AAA

Northwich, UK

#5134 May 25, 2013
Austronesian Guy wrote:
<quoted text>
Confrontational?????
The Philippines invited CHINA to settle the DISPUTE before any U.N. court which is the MOST PEACEFUL WAY to settle dispute.
You call that confrontational?
China has been harassing to the Philippines, VIETNAM, JAPAN, Malaysia and brunei with her navy and air force.
C'mon that is a healdline everyday!
The world knows CHINA is getting in to a ROUGE NATION like north korea.
China rejected UN COURT ARBITRATION because her 9 dash claim is ILLEGAL under international law, as simple as that!
Leave Japan out for now, it is a different topic altogether. More interesting than Spratly, mostly based on late 19th to 1970s historical records not stupid EEZ/UNCLOS. It involves Ryukyu Kingdom which is current day Okinawa, now even voices of independent are coming out from Okinawa.
AAA

Northwich, UK

#5135 May 25, 2013
Austronesian Guy wrote:
<quoted text>
No matter how you change the TOPIC.
The CASE HAS BEEN FILED.
NO MORE BILATERAL TALKS.
The International COURT will decide.
CHINA cannot DO ANYTHING ANYMORE.
The Philippines will NOT back down on the CASE
Your 9 dash claim WILL BE INVALIDATED SOON!
The DECISION WILL BE FINAL and NON-APPEALABLE!
China will BE evicted out of SOUTH CHINA SEA in A LEGAL WAY.
Fine...I wish you all the best in your quest.

“China, follow Internat'l Law!”

Since: Jun 12

United States of America

#5136 May 25, 2013
AAA wrote:
<quoted text>
Why don't you take a look at what Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan are doing. They all have claims on the islands, but no military confrontation with China. Besides, out of these 3, Philippines have already offended 2, so where is your friends? and is PH not confrontational? Even Vietnam looks like it is calming down.
The western countries have their interest in seeing conflicts in the prosperous Asia, and right now Philippine is a pawn they can use. Philippine is poor, desperate and easily manipulated.
Vietnam and Malaysia supports the Philippines STAND.

Brunei, the current CHAIRMAN of ASEAN said

“In this regard, we reaffirmed the collective commitments under the DOC in ensuring the peaceful resolution of disputes in accordance with universally recognized principles of INTERNATIONAL LAW, including the 1982 UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON THE LAW OF THE SEA, without resorting to threat or use of force, while exercising self-restraint in the conduct of activities,” the statement said.

See....

They want the ISSUE to be resolved using International Law like UNCLOS.

So the Philippines decision to take the issue before the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea thru the Permanent Court Arbitration was SUPPORTED by those countries above.

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Any Country that supports CHINA'S 9 dash claim?

Good luck with that lol!

“China, follow Internat'l Law!”

Since: Jun 12

United States of America

#5137 May 25, 2013
AAA wrote:
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Fine...I wish you all the best in your quest.
VIETNAM:

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Vietnamese Back Philippines AGAINST CHINA.

http://thediplomat.com/asean-beat/2012/05/24/...

In a new twist this week to the stand-off between China and the Philippines at Scarborough Shoal, 66 Vietnamese, many of them well-known public figures in Vietnam and within the Vietnamese Diaspora, signed a letter to the Philippine Ambassador in Vietnam to express support for the Philippines’“sovereign rights” in the continuing stand-off. The main points of the letter are:

1) Support for the “sovereign rights” of the Philippines in the Scarborough Shoal.

2) Opposition to China’s use of the “nine-dashed line” to make overlapping claims with the Exclusive Economic Zones and continental shelves of the Philippines, Vietnam and other ASEAN countries, as well as opposition to “China’s actions and threats of force,” the latter presumably referring to articles in China’s state controlled press.

3) Support for the Philippines’ proposal to submit the dispute at Scarborough Shoal to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).

“China, follow Internat'l Law!”

Since: Jun 12

United States of America

#5138 May 25, 2013
AAA wrote:
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Fine...I wish you all the best in your quest.
MALAYSIA:

Malaysia backs PHL call to settle Panatag Shoal row thru UNCLOS

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Malaysia backed the Philippines’ call for the settlement of the tense impasse over a disputed West Philippine Sea shoal on the basis of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Such position was conveyed by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to Vice President Jejomar Binay in a meeting at the government capital of Putrajaya.

European countries, Vietnam, and Australia have also called for Manila and Beijing to resolve the standoff at Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal through UNCLOS while saying they do not take sides in the conflict.

UNCLOS also offers several dispute-settle mechanisms that nations can avail of to resolve overlapping territorial claims.

"I conveyed to the Prime Minister our government's position on the dispute with China over Panatag Shoal and he supports our position that it should be resolved based on international law," Binay said in a statement from Malaysia.

“China, follow Internat'l Law!”

Since: Jun 12

United States of America

#5139 May 25, 2013
AAA wrote:
<quoted text>
Leave Japan out for now, it is a different topic altogether. More interesting than Spratly, mostly based on late 19th to 1970s historical records not stupid EEZ/UNCLOS. It involves Ryukyu Kingdom which is current day Okinawa, now even voices of independent are coming out from Okinawa.
BRUNEI:

Brunei, the current CHAIRMAN of ASEAN said

APRIL 2013

“In this regard, we reaffirmed the collective commitments under the DOC in ensuring the peaceful resolution of disputes in accordance with universally recognized principles of INTERNATIONAL LAW, including the 1982 UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON THE LAW OF THE SEA, without resorting to threat or use of force, while exercising self-restraint in the conduct of activities,” the statement said.

“China, follow Internat'l Law!”

Since: Jun 12

United States of America

#5140 May 25, 2013
AAA wrote:
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Fine...I wish you all the best in your quest.
So ASEAN CLAIMANTS VIETNAM, BRUNEI, and MALAYSIA supports the Philippines.

How bout CHINA?????

What Country supports her ILLEGAL 9 dash claim?
AAA

Northwich, UK

#5141 May 25, 2013
Austronesian Guy wrote:
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Vietnam and Malaysia supports the Philippines STAND.
Brunei, the current CHAIRMAN of ASEAN said
“In this regard, we reaffirmed the collective commitments under the DOC in ensuring the peaceful resolution of disputes in accordance with universally recognized principles of INTERNATIONAL LAW, including the 1982 UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON THE LAW OF THE SEA, without resorting to threat or use of force, while exercising self-restraint in the conduct of activities,” the statement said.
See....
They want the ISSUE to be resolved using International Law like UNCLOS.
So the Philippines decision to take the issue before the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea thru the Permanent Court Arbitration was SUPPORTED by those countries above.
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Any Country that supports CHINA'S 9 dash claim?
Good luck with that lol!
At the end of the day, Philippine probably still need a small military conflict with China regardless of the outcome of UNCLOS. You don't fight, you don't know who is the chicken. But really good luck to Philippine.
gringo the rich

Minneapolis, MN

#5142 May 25, 2013
I can understand china having tainted rice and other food stuffs that are used for local consumptions but for an export is a bit too much to comprehend much less to take it like they don't mean any nasty intentions.
AAA

Northwich, UK

#5143 May 25, 2013
gringo the rich wrote:
I can understand china having tainted rice and other food stuffs that are used for local consumptions but for an export is a bit too much to comprehend much less to take it like they don't mean any nasty intentions.
Honey, I don't think the poisonous milk powder got anything to do with international conflict. If anything, the exports tend to be the better quality. Just some greedy suppliers taking short cuts, bad quality control and awareness. Most of those affected are their own babies, even my father was drink Mengniu Dairy when the news broke, and he is already 70+, so there is no reason to poison him.

“China, follow Internat'l Law!”

Since: Jun 12

United States of America

#5144 May 25, 2013
AAA wrote:
<quoted text>
At the end of the day, Philippine probably still need a small military conflict with China regardless of the outcome of UNCLOS. You don't fight, you don't know who is the chicken. But really good luck to Philippine.
UN charter prohibits war.

China will most likely to attack the Philippines and not the other way around.

IF CHINA violates:

1. UN CHARTER against WAR
2. UNCLOS Decision

The violator of international law, WILL NOT win many votes from the world community.

China will receive INTERNATIONAL CONDEMNATION as a ROUGE STATE.

The Philippines will BEAT CHINA without even firing a single shot.

“China, follow Internat'l Law!”

Since: Jun 12

United States of America

#5145 May 25, 2013
AAA wrote:
<quoted text>
Honey, I don't think the poisonous milk powder got anything to do with international conflict. If anything, the exports tend to be the better quality. Just some greedy suppliers taking short cuts, bad quality control and awareness. Most of those affected are their own babies, even my father was drink Mengniu Dairy when the news broke, and he is already 70+, so there is no reason to poison him.
The UNCLOS Case against CHINA will PROCEED.

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ITLOS completes five-man tribunal that will hear PHL case vs. China

The Philippines’ case against China took another step forward after a United Nations arbitration body named the last three judges in the five-man tribunal that will hear Manila’s complaint over what it calls Beijing’s “excessive” claim to the South China Sea.

“We are hoping that this case that we filed with the tribunal will proceed as soon as possible,” Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez told a press briefing Thursday.

International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) President Shunji Yanai on April 24 transmitted a letter to Philippine Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza, head of the Philippine legal team on the arbitration case, informing Manila of the appointment of Mr. Jean-Pierre Cot (France), Mr. Chris Pinto (Sri Lanka), and Mr. Alfred Soons (The Netherlands.)

Yanai earlier appointed Mr. Stanislaw Pawlak (Poland) as the second member of the tribunal who will represent China in the proceedings. The Philippines, on the other hand, nominated Mr. Rudiger Wolfrum (Germany) to the tribunal.

Illegal

Manila took a bold step when it initiated an arbitration process under the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on January 21 to try to declare as “illegal” China’s nine-dash claim, which covers nearly the entire resource-rich waters, where some parts are called West Philippine Sea by the Philippines.

China has resisted the Philippines’ move to let a U.N. body intervene in the disputes, saying the case was legally infirm and carried unacceptable allegations.

China, Taiwan, Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei and Malaysia have overlapping claims on the islands, shoals and reefs in the South China Sea, where undersea gas deposits have been discovered in several areas.

Hernandez said the five-member arbitral tribunal will first determine if they have jurisdiction over the Philippine case before an actual hearing takes place.

The Philippine government, he said, is “very confident” that the case will be taken up by the tribunal and that the country will be awarded its maritime entitlements in the South China Sea.

“The nine-dash claim of China has no validity as far as the international law, particularly the UNCLOS, is concerned” Hernandez said.

UNCLOS

UNCLOS is a 1982 accord by 163 countries that aims to govern the use of offshore areas and sets territorial limits of coastal states. It also allows member-states to seek legal remedy on territorial disputes through mediation.

The Philippines and China are both signatories to the treaty.

Manila insisted that arbitration is “a peaceful and durable form of dispute settlement pursuant to international law.”
AAA

Northwich, UK

#5146 May 25, 2013
Austronesian Guy wrote:
<quoted text>
UN charter prohibits war.
China will most likely to attack the Philippines and not the other way around.
IF CHINA violates:
1. UN CHARTER against WAR
2. UNCLOS Decision
The violator of international law, WILL NOT win many votes from the world community.
China will receive INTERNATIONAL CONDEMNATION as a ROUGE STATE.
The Philippines will BEAT CHINA without even firing a single shot.
ha ha ha, why is US and UK in Iraq then ? If Philippine warships are within the dotted lines, according to China, that will be a violation of its territory.

Come on, do you mean ROGUE or ROUGE ? One is evil, the other is red. It was funny at first, now getting a bit stupid. Get it right if you want to bad mouth your enemy.

Condemnation maybe but more like a plea for calm...but Philippine warship will be at the bottom of the sea by then. No one is going to attack China because of that, everything cools down and it's business as usual.

“China, follow Internat'l Law!”

Since: Jun 12

United States of America

#5147 May 25, 2013
AAA wrote:
<quoted text>
ha ha ha, why is US and UK in Iraq then ? If Philippine warships are within the dotted lines, according to China, that will be a violation of its territory.
Come on, do you mean ROGUE or ROUGE ? One is evil, the other is red. It was funny at first, now getting a bit stupid. Get it right if you want to bad mouth your enemy.
Condemnation maybe but more like a plea for calm...but Philippine warship will be at the bottom of the sea by then. No one is going to attack China because of that, everything cools down and it's business as usual.
No matter how you change the TOPIC.

The CASE HAS BEEN FILED.

NO MORE BILATERAL TALKS.

The International COURT will decide.

CHINA cannot DO ANYTHING ANYMORE.

The Philippines will NOT back down on the CASE

Your 9 dash claim WILL BE INVALIDATED SOON!

The DECISION WILL BE FINAL and NON-APPEALABLE!

China will BE evicted out of SOUTH CHINA SEA in A LEGAL WAY.

The RULE of the LAW will prevail.

China will get SERIOUS INTERNATIONAL CONDEMNATION.

All powerful empires/countries fell down according to history. So do not brag your SOFT POWER.

China is definitely digging her own grave by bullying other nations.

China has NO FRIENDS, NO RELIABLE ALLIES remember that.

Again, The RULE of the LAW will prevail on the end.

“China, follow Internat'l Law!”

Since: Jun 12

United States of America

#5148 May 25, 2013
AAA wrote:
<quoted text>
ha ha ha, why is US and UK in Iraq then ? If Philippine warships are within the dotted lines, according to China, that will be a violation of its territory.
Come on, do you mean ROGUE or ROUGE ? One is evil, the other is red. It was funny at first, now getting a bit stupid. Get it right if you want to bad mouth your enemy.
Condemnation maybe but more like a plea for calm...but Philippine warship will be at the bottom of the sea by then. No one is going to attack China because of that, everything cools down and it's business as usual.
European Union to CHINA: Respect International LAW

The European Union (EU) has reiterated its support for the peaceful settlement of disputes in the South China Sea in accordance with international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

This was made at a meeting between senior officials of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the EU held earlier this week in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), during the meeting the EU underscored its interest in peace, maritime security, stability, freedom of navigation, and unimpeded commerce in the South China Sea. The EU also called on concerned parties to clarify their claims on the basis of UNCLOS.

The European Parliament first made known its support to "international arbitration in accordance with international law" as a means to settle China's territorial disputes in the region with Vietnam. Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, the Philippines and Taiwan, when it adopted last March 14 in Strasbourg a report by its Committee on Foreign Affairs on EU-China relations.

Alarmed at the escalating tension, the report "urgently appeals to all parties involved to refrain from unilateral political and military actions, to tone down statements and to settle their conflicting territorial claims in the South China Seas by means of international arbitration in accordance with international law, in particular the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, in order to ensure regional stability.”

The report likewise urged China "unequivocally to commit itself to observing the UN Charter and international law in pursuit of its goals abroad.”

The European Parliament is the directly elected parliamentary institution of the EU. Together with the Council of the EU and the European Commission, it exercises the legislative function of the EU and it has been described as one of the most powerful legislatures in the world

Last May 15, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Evan P. Garcia briefed the EU on ASEAN's efforts to move forward on a Code of Conduct (COC) with China, and the Philippines' recourse to UNCLOS arbitration as a means to promote a peaceful and rules-based solution to disputes in the West Philippine Sea.

"The Philippines highly appreciates the EU's support for the peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law, including UNCLOS," stated Undersecretary Garcia.

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