Sea dispute makes Japan a formidable ally

sea disputeAgainst China claiming the entire South China Sea with impunity and disregarding even our own and our neighboring country’s respective 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), as defined by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS), we really find ourselves helpless and in dire need of assistance.

Thank goodness there is such a word as empathy, as a much stronger nation than us, Japan, equally being cowed by the same emerging super-power, China, in the East China Sea over a string of islets known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, administered by the former, but claimed by the latter as also theirs, is feeling the same vexation as us and has shown affinity with our situation.

While Japan is no easy pushover of China’s hegemony over territories the latter claim are historically theirs, it has shown, however, compassion and concern for our cause especially knowing how disadvantaged we are.

Thus, Japan has pledged to help strengthened Philippines’ maritime defense capabilities if only to secure and safeguard the territorial integrity of the country, to include the 200-mile EEZ.

Indeed, this is a welcome gesture especially in view of the fact that, time and again, the US has explained that it won’t take any position on the sovereignty of disputed features in the South China Sea, favoring instead a diplomatic resolution of the dispute.

Yes, we have the newly signed bilateral Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), but as it talks about the countries’ commitment to mutual defense and security, it does not reveal any provision that guarantees automatic American military intervention at the event there is military conflict between the Philippines and China in the South China Sea or the West Philippine Sea.

If Japan, after all, is taking the cudgels for the US in helping us deal with our territorial dispute with China, then let it be. It is going to be a formidable ally.

It is even best that Japan goes back to militarized status where its Self-Defense Forces could use force other than when Japan is under direct attack so it could contain China before it finishes building up airfields and other military installations that will make it the undisputed bully/oppressor in this part of the world and its might ready to pounce at any country not towing the line of its capricious design.

Not only that. Having the military superiority in the South China Sea will make China also the sole repository of the natural resources found in the area – both in and under the sea.

So what then is the use of the US pivot to Asia if China monopolizes the use of the South China Sea for its own selfish advantage and the US and its stronger allies in the region can’t protect the interest of its weak but loyal friends?



2 comments on “Sea dispute makes Japan a formidable ally

  1. jess says:

    The Philippines should work out her territorial right (EEZ) while the case is being heard in the proper forum now. China is building in some parts of the spratlys while the Phils. is busy making comments. Is that all we can do? Making comments.

    We should block the chinese by stopping with their construction in the spratlys islands, scarborough shoal, ayungin by necessary means. Be it noted that the Chinese never acknowledged the legal processes in resolving the issues involved in the EEZ. It is perceived that China has the propensity to use its military might in settling the issues.

    If the chinese will use force then the so-called EDCA will have its baptism in the West Phil. Sea. By doing that the American sincerity in upholding the EDCA for the mutual protection of both countries will be manifested. There, we will know if the U.S is really true with its word and it meant what are agreed in the EDCA. If it’s true then the Chinese will come think and abandon their baseless claim of almost the entire South Sea (not South China Sea).

    It is already very legally clear that China’s claim (nine dash before, now it is already ten dash Map) is devoid of validity as opined by international maritime experts and one of our legal brilliant in the Supreme Court Justice. China anchored mainly their claim by way of historical fact which is even questionable.

    This is it: China has already seen that she cannot win in legal battle in the WPS issue by way of historical fact only as basis and evidence that is why she opted not to answer because she knew she has a very weak legal argument and in effect will be humiliated only in the international community. So, she has to recourse her action through military by bullying the small neighbors to maintain her arrogance and planting buildings in the disputed areas as a tactic that whenever the case is already won in ITLOS their permanent constructions can no longer be removed. Who will remove? Will we eject them? No way.

    The Phils. is rich with legal right but poor in means to defend its shores. This is a challenge to every political party that will rule this country by each elected leader each term: Eradicate corruption and give very high priority to national defense and national security so that we will not be mocked and bullied by other sovereign power like China.

    • quierosaber says:

      Your comments run parallel to what this former US admiral is suggesting in this link: And I agree. How I wish we really had by now the wherewithal to do it, especially in our own 200-mile EEZ, even at the risk of being hosed or rammed down. The sooner this is done the earlier EDCA could be activated – if at all. If not the Chinese will just take their own sweet time erecting structures as if they really own the area. Your last paragraph says it all and has sealed our fate. I have gotten old waiting for corruption to be a thing in the past and if no convictions will happen in the PDAF scam investigation, we will be in deep shit for a long, long time again. Woe to our kid’s generation.

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