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Philippines Asia's Strongest Performing Economy

There are 6070 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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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:
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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:
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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.

“China, follow Internat'l Law!”

Since: Jun 12

United States of America

#5149 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.
USA to CHINA: Respect International Law

US Secretary of State John Kerry has conveyed Washington’s support to the Philippine Government’s decision to bring its territorial disputes with China in the South China Sea before a UN arbitration tribunal, describing Manila’s move as “a step in the right direction.”

In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Kerry expressed the US' full support for the Philippines in aiming to seek for a peaceful resolution to the disputes over the resource-rich West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), which is being claimed by four other countries—Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam.

Kerry specifically said the US will be showing support for the Philippine initiative to form an arbitral tribunal under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos) during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit and related meetings.

"The Philippines is one of our five Asia-Pacific allies and a very, very important relationship at this point in time when there are tensions over the South China Sea, where we support a code of conduct," Kerry said in his statement before the press.

“China, follow Internat'l Law!”

Since: Jun 12

United States of America

#5150 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.
JAPAN to CHINA: Respect International Law

Japan backed yesterday the Philippine initiative for arbitral proceedings to clarify maritime zones and entitlements in the South China Sea.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the commitment to Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario during a courtesy call at the Kantei (Prime Minister’s Office) in Tokyo.

“Along these lines, Prime Minister Abe manifested the Japanese government’s support for the Philippines’ initiation of arbitral proceedings last January, pursuant to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), in its bid to clarify maritime zones and entitlements in the South China Sea,” the DFA said.

Japan also pledged continued support for the Philippines’ capability-building in maritime security, the DFA added.

The DFA said Del Rosario also met with Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, Japan International Cooperation Agency vice president Hiroto Arakawa, and Representative Katsuyuki Kawai, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of Japan’s House of Representatives.

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2013/05/24/...

“China, follow Internat'l Law!”

Since: Jun 12

United States of America

#5151 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.
To SUM UP:

1. No Country Supports China's UNLAWFUL 9 dash claim.

2. No International Law supports China's 9 dash claim and that is why CHINA ran away from the International Court recently.

China have shame!

The whole world is watching your EVIL behavior.

again

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

“China, follow Internat'l Law!”

Since: Jun 12

United States of America

#5152 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.
Germany to CHINA: FOLLOW INTERNATIONAL LAW!

Feb 7, 2013

A German foreign minister on Thursday expressed his country’s support for the Philippine position to solve its sea disputes with China under international law, saying that peaceful resolution was best for the two countries.
In a press briefing Thursday, German Federal Foreign Minister Guido

Guido Westerwelle AP
said that the Philippines’ territorial disputes with China over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) were discussed during a meeting with Philippine diplomats and officials and that his country remained supportive of peaceful resolution of the disputes.

“We appeal to all sides to resolve all the questions in accordance with international law and in a peaceful and cooperative way,” Westerwelle said in a statement.

For his part, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario said that he conveyed to his foreign counterpart the Philippine initiative to bring the territorial disputes before an arbitral tribunal under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos) to “clearly establish the county’s sovereign rights and jurisdiction over its maritime entitlements in the West Philippine Sea.”

“I asked him to continue supporting the Philippine effort for a peaceful and durable solution to this dispute,” Del Rosario said in a statement.

Westerwelle, when asked by reporters to explain Germany’s support, Del Rosario said that a German professor of international public law was appointed as a judge to the tribunal, and that “all countries in the region, the European Union, have an interest in a stable and peaceful development.”

In its “notification of statement and claim” filed before the UN, the Philippines said that it had appointed Judge Rudiger Wolfrum, a German professor of international law who served as president of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea from 2005 to 2008, as part of the arbitral panel .

Invoking the Unclos, the Philippines haled China to the UN arbitral tribunal in hopes of compelling Beijing to respect Manila’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and continental shelf encompassing territories in the West Philippine Sea.

China, however, had maintained that it has indisputable sovereignty over the area and that talks should only be on a bilateral basis with the countries directly involved.

Del Rosario, during the briefing, noted that based on his understanding, the Philippines’ international partners, including the European Union, had taken the position that “we should seek a peaceful resolution to this dispute and the process of arbitration is considered a peaceful means in seeking this resolution.”

Del Rosario also noted that the Philippines and Germany were taking steps to “re-invigorate defense relations” and that a delegation from the German Ministry of Defense (MOD) would be visiting Manila next week to “conduct bilateral discussions” with Philippine defense officials.

Asked whether discussions would involve exchanges in military training or procurement of defense equipment, Del Rosario just said that years ago, the two countries had an agreement which led to the training of Philippine military men in Germany and that the visit of German defense officials was part of a “current initiative to revisit and expand that.”

“There will be a German military delegation that will be arriving to revisit this initiative and to work themselves into the possible drafting of a memorandum of understanding that would formalize other means of cooperation,” he said.

“China, follow Internat'l Law!”

Since: Jun 12

United States of America

#5153 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.
Business as USUAL?????

Then how come NO COUNTRY SUPPORTS CHINA'S 9 dash claim???

lol

“China, follow Internat'l Law!”

Since: Jun 12

United States of America

#5154 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.
RUSSIA Supports the Philippine STAND against China
----

Russia Pronounce its support to the Philippines over Spratly disputes with

china and other claimants. Philippines - Russia is supporting the

Philippines' stand that RULES based on transparency and diplomacy should be

used to resolve maritime
lct

Beijing, China

#5155 May 25, 2013
Peso is on drop recently. guess who get most of it?China, as rmb is keep rasing and long term interest rate in usa is keep rasing. losers.

if your mum do'nt teach you when you are young, learn it this time: don't touch other people's things.

btw, you don't even have a chance to open fire if you choose to fight, we don't let you.

“China, follow Internat'l Law!”

Since: Jun 12

United States of America

#5157 May 25, 2013
lct wrote:
Peso is on drop recently. guess who get most of it?China, as rmb is keep rasing and long term interest rate in usa is keep rasing. losers.
if your mum do'nt teach you when you are young, learn it this time: don't touch other people's things.
btw, you don't even have a chance to open fire if you choose to fight, we don't let you.
Still, the Peso is the 3rd best performing CURRENCY globally.

http://www.philstar.com/business/2013/04/28/9...

Hahahah you should tell that to CHINA, DO NOT TOUCH what is ours under International Law.

Even if we had a STRONG military, the UN CHARTER prohibits every nation to use WAR in settling disputes.

That is why WE SUED you.

And LOTS of COUNTRIES have given us SUPPORT including RUSSIA because first of all they are CIVILIZED, not STUPID, and they observe International Laws.

Unlike CHINA, NO COUNTRY SUPPORTS her 9 dash claim because it is very obvious that it BOGUS. Only fools like your best friend NORTH KOREA would believe your ILLEGAL claim which is not supported under International law.

China's 9 dash claim is a BIG joke.
lct

Beijing, China

#5159 May 25, 2013
so what are you saying?

how low the peso can go?

what that have to do with Russia?

did you find any love from russia?

Madamoiselle

Höst, Germany

#5161 May 25, 2013
lct wrote:
so what are you saying?
how low the peso can go?
what that have to do with Russia?
did you find any love from russia?
he cant accept the fact that no country loved the philippines, and that we all are absorbing their investment grade and left the country wretchedly poor
Madamoiselle

Los Angeles, CA

#5162 May 25, 2013
Austronesian Guy wrote:
<quoted text>
RUSSIA Supports the Philippine STAND against China
----
Russia Pronounce its support to the Philippines over Spratly disputes with
china and other claimants. Philippines - Russia is supporting the
Philippines' stand that RULES based on transparency and diplomacy should be
used to resolve maritime
boring spam, Russia is China's ally and even trying to intevere western power in Ayria together moron. Your lie here won't change the fact the Philippish*t will remain poor, will be colonized by China in future, will be forever the lowest creature on earth! Filipinox should just play with their own manure

“China, follow Internat'l Law!”

Since: Jun 12

United States of America

#5163 May 25, 2013
lct wrote:
so what are you saying?
how low the peso can go?
what that have to do with Russia?
did you find any love from russia?
To shut your mouth.

The case has been filed against CHINA.

Case will proceed even without China's Absence.

The JUDGES are already complete.

Your 9 dash claim will be INVALIDATED soon

Your 9 dash claim is only a FANTASY of CHINA

No country recognizes your 9 dash claim

and No INTERNATIONAL LAW supports it.

Again it is only a FANTASY not REALITY

lmao zedong!

“China, follow Internat'l Law!”

Since: Jun 12

United States of America

#5164 May 25, 2013
Madamoiselle wrote:
<quoted text>
boring spam, Russia is China's ally and even trying to intevere western power in Ayria together moron. Your lie here won't change the fact the Philippish*t will remain poor, will be colonized by China in future, will be forever the lowest creature on earth! Filipinox should just play with their own manure
Hahahaha, the truth is RUSSIA supports the PHILIPPINES International Law observance.

Yes RUSSIA supports SYRIA.

But RUSSIA does not SUPPORT CHINA'S 9 dash claim. BIG DIFFERENCE dude.

hahahahaha.

No country supports your imagination that the south china sea is yours.

Again, stop imagining.

No country and international law supports your 9 dash claim.

“China, follow Internat'l Law!”

Since: Jun 12

United States of America

#5165 May 25, 2013
Madamoiselle wrote:
<quoted text>
boring spam, Russia is China's ally and even trying to intevere western power in Ayria together moron. Your lie here won't change the fact the Philippish*t will remain poor, will be colonized by China in future, will be forever the lowest creature on earth! Filipinox should just play with their own manure
RUSSIA Supports the Philippine STAND against China
----

Russia Pronounce its support to the Philippines over Spratly disputes with

china and other claimants. Russia is supporting the Philippines' stand

that RULES based on transparency and diplomacy should be used to resolve

maritime issues.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov aired his government's support during his bilateral meeting with Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario in Moscow on March 13, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Thursday.

"They agreed that the threats faced in this area should be approached using a rules-based regime based on transparency and diplomacy. They affirmed their commitment to ensure safety of navigation and other security issues in the Asia-Pacific region," the DFA said.

The Philippines earlier asked China to end the disputes in the West Philippine Sea or South China Sea by validating the 2 countries' territorial claims under the United Nations on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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