Philippine media: the Philippines to do a good job in its relations with China through the “backdoor diplomacy
China and the Philippines, South China Sea dispute has not yet been fully resolved, Philippine President Corazon Aquino yesterday re-emphasized in his State of the text “Huangyan Island belongs to the Philippines, said they would not retreat in the South China Sea issue, and the military will be implemented as soon as possible to military modernization . However, Aquino also stressed that the Philippines will continue to actively seek a peaceful solution will enable China to accept.
Aquino must know that China will not accept this argument “Huangyan Island belongs to the Philippines, then how can it be under the dissatisfaction in China and China” peaceful settlement of “disputes? Alternatively, Aquino’s tough just to keep the Philippines face in front of the world, in fact, he privately has been intended to take the “back door diplomacy” recently proposed by the Philippine media “Business Mirror” (Business Mirror) and China co-ordination.
Aquino issued the day before the consultation of the national conditions, “Business Mirror published an article, referring to the Philippines through the” backdoor diplomacy “and China to resolve disputes. The article, than make an official statement and attitude, the more of the “backdoor diplomacy” in resolving the dispute over sovereignty in the Philippines to achieve practical results.
“backdoor diplomacy” refers to a political move outside the scope of the public eye. The article said that both sides are reluctant to openly admit their mistakes, do not want to be seen as bowing to each other, so the “back door diplomacy” is the key to solve the dispute over China and the Philippines. ASEAN meeting ended in failure in the joint communique of the case, take the “back door diplomacy” strategy becomes more important.
article, the ASEAN foreign ministers’ meeting for the first time in 45 years failed to issue a joint communique, the equivalent to missing a valuable opportunity to the world that ASEAN is not a party “, even though ASEAN and later issued a joint statement also failed to restore face. The article also pointed out, which the four countries involved in the dispute are members of ASEAN, ASEAN must be in the South China Sea issue and more united.
ASEAN is a huge market in China as a major trading partner of China, ASEAN to pressure so that reason and responsible, and actively seeking a solution acceptable to the countries concerned can to solve the South China Sea dispute.
The article also ASEAN’s position in the past too passive and weak, so that led to more and more aggressive. In 1995, China occupied Mischief Reef in the Philippines “, ASEAN was not any action, resulting in China back in the Nansha Islands and more intrusion, and even set up some permanent structures.
ASEAN member countries must understand that personal power alone can not fight against external threats. Therefore, ASEAN countries should unite in order to cope with the threat from the superpowers, including China.
The article says that Member States need a more powerful, stronger ASEAN to deal with. ASEAN to make good faith participation in the South China Sea negotiations, and courteous to its neighbors.
The article said that to strengthen national defense capabilities, the Philippines and other countries to build a strong security alliance is necessary, “Philippine-US Mutual Defense Treaty is an example, so that the Philippines national security be safeguarded. However, the Philippines, while still other countries to develop diplomatic relations. After all, the $ 6 billion of two-way trade relations between the Philippines and China. China is the third largest trading partner of the Philippines, while the Philippines is China’s sixth largest export market.
In addition, China is also the Philippines, major donor countries. The article refers to the Philippines, water use and pipeline renovation project to provide financial support to assist the Philippine Government to improve the quality of potable water in Manila and nearby provinces.
The article said that was opposed to this kind of “checkbook diplomacy”, but in fact this practice is also a “back door diplomacy. The article, as long as the long-term financial assistance to strengthen bilateral relations between China and the Philippines, and the source of funds accountable clear, and indeed for Philippine development projects, to ensure that does not fall into the pockets of corrupt officials, this “check thin diplomacy “in fact there is nothing wrong.
article, which the Philippines are getting nervous, even between the two countries should strengthen contacts also need to find ways to increase the communication channels in order to maintain the relationship between the two countries and the “back door diplomacy. Philippines will find common ground between China and the Philippines is in fact more than the differences between the two countries.