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“How shall freedom be defended? By arms when it is attacked by arms, by truth when it is attacked by lies, by faith when it is attacked by authoritarian dogma. Always, in the final act, by determination and faith.”

― Archibald MacLeish

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Pinoy "Peking Ducks" Club : No to EDCA, Yes to China Bullying!

The Pinoy Brown "Peking Ducks"
Where is their true love  for the country when they denounce  the RP:US DEFENSE PACT but warmly embrace China’s intrusion into Philippine territory? 
"Reckless Philippines wants to confront China with U.S. backing!"Xinhua News Agency
Key Points of EDCA Agreement (source:GMA News)
China shouldn’t be concerned about the agreement, which is focused on training and disaster relief operations, Aquino said at the briefing alongside Obama. 

The Philippines lacks the military muscle to defend its territorial claims against China, which spends 47 times more on defense.

“We aren’t a threat militarily to any country,” he said. “We don’t even have presently a single fighter aircraft in our inventory.”

White of Australian National University said it is questionable “whether the U.S. would be willing to endanger its relationship with China in order to support the Philippines over its territorial disputes.”

“Simply signing more agreements to base more U.S. forces in the Philippines doesn’t in itself resolve Obama’s big question, which is how far America is willing to go in confronting China to support allies like the Philippines,” he said.
The defense agreement is disturbing and may lead to a more assertive or “reckless” government in Manila that will upset Obama’s rebalancing to Asia, according to a commentary published by Xinhua News Agency.
Women of the world unite!
Resist imperialist plunder and military aggression!
Struggle and fight for women’s liberation!
Joema Sison
Jose Maria Sison, the exiled leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines, and one of the top opponents of the deal told Al Jazeera that the agreement practically reopens the US bases in the country.

“The US military bases shall be practically re-established under the guise of facilities built on Philippine military grounds, with the Filipino military personnel practically serving as perimeter security guards and with the Philippine government sharing the costs,” he said.

Sison also said the the US “is exaggerating the threat of Chinese aggression in order to justify its pivot to East Asia” while establishing bases in the Philippines and “at the same time claiming neutrality between The Philippines and China”. 

“By striking the defense deal with the United States at this moment despite domestic opposition, the Aquino administration has made its intention clear: to confront China with U.S. backing,” Xinhua writer Shang Jun said. 

“An emboldened Aquino would make an amicable solution to the territorial disputes more difficult, if not impossible, and intensify regional tensions.”

Asked whether the U.S. is seeking to contain China, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said at a briefing in Beijing that it “should wait and see what the U.S. says and does.” The two countries have broad common interests in the region, Qin said.
By Jose Ma Sison
Jose Maria Sison is Chairperson of the International League of People’s Struggle and Chief Political Consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines in peace negotiations with the Manila government.

"The Aquino government is painting the EDCA as a major help towards the continuing US-directed war against “terrorism” and to the US pivot to East Asia, which aims to deploy 60 percent of US naval forces and 50 percent of US ground and air forces in the region.

Both US and Philippine authorities tout EDCA as part of the US military’s rebalancing which aims to restrain China from threatening neighbouring countries. It also intends to keep the South China sea open to international navigation and commerce.

Protected from China’s bullying
Because the Philippines now feels protected from China’s bullying this has emboldened the Aquino government to oppose China’s nine-dash line claim over the South China Sea. The exaggerated image of China as a threat to the security of other countries is used as justification to further entrench US military power in the Philippines and has given the US an opportunity to expand militarily in the Asia-Pacific region." Jose Maria Sison
“Since [the standoff], we have begun to take measures to seal and control the areas around the Huangyan Island,” Maj. Gen. Zhang Zhaozhong, of China’s People’s Liberation Army, said in a television interview in May, using the Chinese term for Scarborough. 
 FROM NYT:
He described a “cabbage strategy,” which entails surrounding a contested area with so many boats — fishermen, fishing administration ships, marine surveillance ships, navy warships — that “the island is thus wrapped layer by layer like a cabbage.”

There can be no question that the cabbage strategy is in effect now at Ayungin and has been at least since May. General Zhang, in his interview several months ago, listed Ren’ai Shoal (the Chinese name for Ayungin) in the P.L.A.’s “series of achievements” in the South China Sea. He had already put it in the win column, even though eight Filipino marines still live there. He also seemed to take some pleasure in the strategy.

Of taking territory from the Philippines, he said: “We should do more such things in the future. For those small islands, only a few troopers are able to station on each of them, but there is no food or even drinking water there. If we carry out the cabbage strategy, you will not be able to send food and drinking water onto the islands. Without the supply for one or two weeks, the troopers stationed there will leave the islands on their own. Once they have left, they will never be able to come back.”