The pronounced bluntness made by Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jinhua in Davao City who accused the Philippine government of violations of Declaration of Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea is uncalled for.
As a sovereign country like the Philippines, the filing of arbitration case against China before the international tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands is a diplomatic option to settle the territorial dispute on the Spratlys.
The Chinese ambassador went too far in making his pronouncement on Philippine soil against internal decision making policies on how to resolve a long standing row between China and the Philippines – and worst, the uncalled for statement was uttered before the incoming president-elect.
The formal complaint filed before the international tribunal is just seeking a legal arbitration of sovereignty issue over the disputed territorial limit based on the The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), who is also called the Law of the Sea Convention or the Law of the Sea Treaty, was pursued by the Philippine government against the latter’s excessive claims in the South China Sea.
This is the latest verbal assault made by China against the Philippine government as the international tribunal’s decision is due this May that the Imperial China will never abide to whatever decision that The Hague Tribunal will pen.
The country who is now waiting for the inauguration of the sixteenth president of the Republic,of what would be his foreign policies towards the bullying of Imperial China, as far as the questionable man-made reclamation in the Kalayaan Group of Islands.
Will the Duterte administration will stick in toeing the line of international arbitration? Or he will plant the Philippine flag over the imperialist stolen reefs and accede to the caprises and whims of the Chinese government to negotiate?
While the president-in-waiting is still on it’s gestation period, the Filipino people are just asking this valid question on what will be the foreign policy of the incoming government towards China.