The analysis said the Philippines in the South China Sea “radical” strategy derived from petroleum temptation
this newspaper went to the Philippines correspondent in the King-ho
April 25, 2009, the Philippine-US “shoulder to shoulder -2012″ joint military exercise held amphibious landing exercise in Palawan, Philippines for the South China Sea region . A day earlier, the Philippine National Oil Company announced that, in Nanhai Liyue Beach (which I Spratly Islands) near the discovered reserves of natural gas fields more than expected. Reuters reported that the Philippine U.S. military to play plus announced the move of the reserves of oil and gas fields, may give the South China Sea tensions fueled.
exercises such as “acting”
84 soldiers, only to send the rubber assault boats debut
24 reporters flew from the Philippine capital of Manila to the capital of Puerto Princesa in Palawan province. Landing exercise held in the region facing the South China Sea in the north of Puerto Princesa, the influx of a large number of foreign and local media reporters.
Palawan Island in the southern end of Feixi, Northwest Pro South China Sea, southeast of the Sulu Sea. The island of undulating hills lush. Palawan traditionally rely mainly on agriculture and fisheries in recent years, gradually thriving tourism industry. But the name of Palawan Island over the past year has been able to attract national media attention, its northwest of the South China Sea reserves rich oil and gas resources and the South China Sea dispute.
Philippine military exercises held in this sensitive time to do a lot of publicity work, continue to highlight the particularity of the Philippine-US relations. On the 25th of the exercise looks like in the “theater”, a total of 84 soldiers involved in amphibious exercises, drills only sent the rubber assault boats debut, the Philippine-US Marines through infiltration, swimming from the beach, then located in the highlands near Building attack, rescued the inside of the two “hostages” final “success”.
Feixi regions Command, Marine Corps deputy commander of Oman, and more in the interview with this reporter has repeatedly said, “No more large-scale landing exercise. He stressed that the exercise in order to enhance the counter-terrorism capabilities of the Philippine Army. Write on a schedule to reporters before the Philippine Department of Defense is the amphibious landing operations, but the reporter found at the base name of the exercise has turned into a “land and sea amphibious capability to display the”.
Philippine media and politicians increasingly radical
people do not want to conflict and China, calm attitude in the South China Sea
reporter is the greatest feeling in the Philippines during the interview, the attitude of the people of the South China Sea issue is relatively calm, politicians and the media is just the opposite. A local, told reporters that the government now simply pandering to the United States, Foreign Minister del Rosario, a former ambassador to the United States, consistently pro-American.
the Philippines chose to move closer to the United States to challenge the practice in China so that the current relations between the Philippines and in the South China Sea into a low.
reporter noted that the Philippines, the mainstream media reported on the turmoil of the Huangyan Island, the wording increasingly radical. A few days ago, reporters attended a press conference speech by Philippine U.S. military, the the scene Philippines reporters’ questions are highly induced. One reporter said that they interviewed some Filipino fishermen, the fishermen have expressed concern about the safety of fishing at sea, and ask: “Philippine army how to respond to China’s bullying?”
reporters in Manila Palawan such as interviews with local people, a lot of people storm the Huangyan Island and did not know, even if people know it is hoped that the problem can be “peaceful settlement”.in Palawan, the reporter asked a named Gul locals worry about the South China Sea issue impact to the island, he took out a large cup and a small piece of cheese, said: “China has like this cup, but only a small piece of cheese in the Philippines, I do not think that the Philippines can and powerful China to compete, “Gul said many Chinese people to do business in Puerto Princesa, the town center landmark building Pula Zha The hotel is built. He said, do not want to see the confrontation between the Philippines and the Philippines, the people do not want to fight, but politicians may not be so smart “.
, eager to obtain the oil and gas resources
, oil exploration potential huge gains a great temptation to the Philippines
, the Philippine National Oil Company said in a notice submitted to the Manila Stock Exchange, its affiliated energy companies in exploration, in Nanhai Liyue Beach (is a gas field of the Spratly Islands) near “Tulip” reserves are five times the initial exploration results in 2006, reaching 20 trillion cubic feet, there may be a world-class gas field.
Previously, the Philippines, Energy Minister Alberto Mendes confirmed, the Philippines in the 27th on the exploitation of the South China Sea oil and gas in an open international competitive bidding.
published on the website of the Philippine Department of Energy 2009-2030 energy plan, the target of the Philippines in 2030 oil and gas production were 7.59 billion barrels and 2694 trillion cubic feet, when the Philippines granted to the enterprise The mining contract from the current 34 to 117, the realization of this goal depends on 16 oil and gas fields discovered by the South China Sea west of Palawan Island in the Luzon region, especially to achieve.
in September last year, the Philippine government announced that it would to 4.95 billion pesos (about $ 117 million) offshore drilling platform, authorize the mining license fees in the arms upgrade. The funds will be used to purchase helicopters, warships, and the construction of radar stations, in order to strengthen the South China Sea oil and gas resources to “defend”.
analysts said the industry of the Philippines is not well developed, may bring huge gains in oil exploration in the South China Sea is undoubtedly the Philippines has a great temptation. In the recent past, Feijia tight action of the South China Sea crude oil exploration and contract bidding, this impulse to rush to gain an economic advantage is one of the main reasons that led to the Philippines to take the strategy of “radical” in the South China Sea.
by U.S. intervention in the intensification of the problem
Philippines there is no capacity in the South China Sea provocative, inviting U.S. intervention so that the South China Sea issue is further complicated by the
the Philippines in World War II to get rid of the U.S. colonial rule to achieve independence, Philippine-US military bases agreement, updated in 1947, the U.S. leased the 23 Philippine land as naval and air bases, a term of 99 years. With the end of the Cold War, the United States from Fick Mubarak Air Base and Subic Bay, sadly evacuated.
Today, with the tilt of the U.S. strategic focus to the Asia-Pacific region, the United States to strengthen its military presence in the Philippines. Originally have been a mere formality of the Philippine-US “shoulder to shoulder” joint military exercises have been given new content. This year’s Philippine-US joint military exercises scale not only record highs, and the number of U.S. troops participated in the drill reached 4,500 people, almost twice the number of the host of the Philippines participating.
British Pacific strategy and assessment of institutional security adviser, Richard Jepsen said that the provocation in fact, the Philippines itself has no capacity in the South China Sea. Oath to the U.S. expelled its 20 years, the Philippines was willing to re-open its ports and military bases to U.S. forces, mainly in order to suppress the influence of China, competing for the South China Sea interests. The Philippines tried to invite U.S. intervention in the move resulting in the South China Sea issue is further complicated and intensified.
(MANILA, April 25)
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