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Philippine Statement Denouncing Obama’s War Provocation and Planned Military Occupation of Philippine Bases

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Nov. 3, 2015 (EIRNS)–The following  powerful statement denouncing Obama’s provocation to war with China was adopted by PINAS, Philippines in Support of Sovereignty, a group of prominent individuals, members of Congress, and organizations opposed to the US military occupation of Philippine military bases, and similar threats to the nation’s sovereignty. It was written at their request by Butch Valdes, the head of the Philippine LaRouche Society. It compliments the Friend of the Court brief being submitted to the Philippine Supreme Court by Sen. Mike Gravel: “Despite our presently unresolved territorial issues with countries surrounding the West Philippine Seas, it is with unequivocal opposition that we view the outrageous military provocation of China, by US President Obama under the guise of freedom of navigation.

“In blatant disregard for the sovereignty and security concerns of Southeast Asian Nations, the US has initiated threatening actions against China, which not only destabilizes the whole region, but also may provide the spark of thermonuclear confrontation between the two superpowers. “Our concern is aggravated by the declared and insane acquiescence of the current President Benigno Aquino III of the critically dangerous advances by an equally impaired Barrack Obama. The risk to 100 million Filipino lives notwithstanding, Aquino has signed a constitutionally infirm agreement allowing the US forces access to all our airports and seaports, ply our territorial waters, and set up American bases within our Philippine bases.

“It is this highly questionable accommodation by the Philippine President, the tacit approval of a mercenary Senate, and obviously intimidated Supreme Court that has provided US nuclear-armed warships the bases to mount and implement provocative action against their principal adversary in the region.

“We call on all patriotic Filipinos to REJECT the presently disastrous condition of allowing foreign military installations in Philippine territories. The US geo-political intentions, through President Obamas actions are manifestly clear. Their decisions and actions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Egypt, Syria, and Ukraine are now glaring examples of internal chaos, AFTER they have been supposedly liberated from dictatorship, into democracy.

“Let us uphold the principles of sovereignty, and advocate a world community of Sovereign Nation-States bound by a common objective to improve the quality of life of every single human being on the planet, so that our generation and those after us, can reap the benefits of Man’s collaboration and collective creativity.”

Hague Court Rules That It Has Jurisdiction Over Philippines Case Against China — China Rejects and Will Ignore the Ruling

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Nov. 2 (EIRNS)–The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration, set up in 1899, ruled on Oct. 29 that it does have jurisdiction over the case brought by the Philippines, without the participation of China, against China’s so-called “nine-dash line” claim to sovereignty over most of the South China Sea, including the contested islands.

China has rejected the Court’s jurisdiction on the grounds that it cannot judge issues of sovereignty. But the Philippines shaped the argument around its right to exploit the area within their 200-mile “exclusive economic zone” under UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) (which obviously implies that China has no sovereignty over the islands within that 200 mile zone). China says it will continue its refusal to participate on hearings on the merits, and will ignore the final ruling.

The court’s rulings are supposedly binding for the 117 members, which includes China and the Philippines; but it has no power to enforce, and Reuters reports that countries have ignored them in the past.

Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin told reporters: “The result of this arbitration will not impact China’s sovereignty, rights or jurisdiction over the South China Sea under historical facts and international law. From this ruling you can see the Philippines’ aim in presenting the case is not to resolve the dispute. Its aim is to deny China’s rights in the South China Sea and confirm its own rights in the South China Sea.”

China-Japan Agree To Renew Joint Development Plans For East China Sea Oil and Gas

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Nov. 2 (EIRNS)–In an agreement with important implications for the crisis in the South China Sea, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and China’s Premier Li Keqiang have agreed to restore regular discussions on the joint development of oil and gas fields in the East China Sea. This is precisely what China has proposed for the South China Sea since the time of Deng Xiaoping’s reversal of the Cultural Revolution and launching the opening of China–to put aside sovereignty issues temporarily and carry out joint development of the region.

Japan protested earlier this year when China began drilling in a contested area, and China responded, as they have in response to complaints over their developments in the South China Sea islands, that the area was their sovereign territory and they had every right to proceed. However, an agreement from Japan to work together with China is a message to the Philippines (far more under Obama’s control than Japan) that their refusal to work with China is further isolating them from Asia as a whole and endangering their nation.

Liang Yunxiang, a Japanese affairs expert at Peking University, said agreement to resume discussion on the East China Sea was “quite a breakthrough and a gesture of friendliness. It’s more important than historical issues. Part of it will be about how Japan might join in the exploitation of gas fields that China is already tapping.”

It is also notable that on Oct. 30, Japanese Defense Minister General Nakatani said that Tokyo had no plan to take part in U.S.-led “freedom of navigation patrols” in the South China Sea, although Abe is reported to have called on Korean President Park Geun-hye to join with Japan and the US in assuring freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.

Chinese Foreign Minister Blows Up the US Lies on South China Sea, Offers Cooperation with All Nations

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Aug. 7, 2015 (EIRNS)–Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in his speech to the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Malaysia, Thursday, blew open the war-mongering hysteria coming from Obama and his Philippine underlings in the Aquino Administration regarding the escalating war mobilization against China’s supposed “aggression” and “breaking the status quo” in the South China Sea.

Wang Yi announced that the island creation in the Nansha (Spratly) Islands had been completed, that the next step is to “build facilities primarily used for public purposes, including lighthouse, maritime emergency rescue, weather station, marine scientific research as well as medical and first-aid buildings,” as reported in Xinhua.

Wang Yi said: “Once the construction is completed, China is willing to open these facilities to countries in the region. As the largest coastal country in the South China Sea, China has the ability and obligation to provide these maritime public goods to countries in the region.” Is there any question why this was conveniently left out of the western press coverage of the event?

Wang Yi reviewed China’s long-standing historical claim of sovereignty to the deep water portion of the South China Sea (outside the continental shelfs of the claimant countries — a region often referred to as China’s “nine-dash line”), including the use of US ships to retake the islands seized by Japan during the war. He noted that numerous historical treaties recognize China’s sovereignty, and only in the 1970’s when oil was discovered, did the Philippines begin occupying and building up islands in the Nansha (Spratly) Islands. He clarified that the Obama Administration’s demand that China abide by the Philippine case brought before the UNCLOS tribunal is entirely illegal, since the UNCLOS clearly alows arbitration only when two sides agree to that arbitration.

As shown in his offer for public use of the islands, as referenced above, China keeps open its offer to carry out joint development of the region with the other claimant nations — which would certainly work if Obama and his neocon pals were removed from power. [see full Xinhua article: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2015-08/07/c_134489926.htm]

Kerry Demands ASEAN Confrontation with China, While China “Aggressively” Pushes Development Across the Region

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Aug. 6, 2015 (EIRNS)–China and most of the ASEAN nations focused on nation-building at the just concluded ASEAN Foreign Ministers meeting in Malaysia, but Secretary of State John Kerry and Obama’s Filipino puppets ranted about China’s “aggression” and “militarization” of the South China Sea for building a few artificial islands, even while the US shifts massive military forces into a ring around China.

The Foreign Ministers, after days of wrangling over the wording of a final communique, finally agreed on a statement that showed “concern” over actions in the South China Sea, without naming specific countries: “We discussed extensively the matters relating to the South China Sea and remained seriously  concerned over recent and ongoing developments in the area. We took note of the serious concerns expressed by some Ministers on the land reclamations in the South China Sea, which have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the South China Sea.”

Singapore Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam told reporters Thursday morning that the joint statement was supposed to have been completed the previous day, but, “It has not been finalized as of now. There are difficulties. The paragraphs relating to the South China Sea are causing some problems.”

Philippine Foreign Minister Albert Del Rosario, the most rabid anti-China hawk in Manila and in ASEAN, according to the NY Times said that the Philippines “would halt its own land reclamation work if China would do so”– thus confirming Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s statement that the US had a double standard in denouncing China alone for reclamation.

Wang Yi held bilateral meetings with the foreign ministers of Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Laos, getting full support for China’s real “aggressiveness” — building huge development projects as part of Xi Jinping’s Road and Belt plan — discussing regional rail and port development, nuclear cooperation, and more.