How long before China grabs these as well?!

It’s this Tibet thing that’s really gotten to me. How long, indeed, before the Spratly’s becomes another Tibet – forcefully occupied and “sinofied” by a powerful neighbor with a huge psychological need to assert itself, not to mention possessing a huge armed force to do the asserting?

They’ve already built permanent bases in several islands in the Spratlys chain, ostensibly for use by Chinese fishermen but the photos say otherwise — they’re definitely military grade (well, to be fair, so have we and Vietnam and probably Malaysia, too), but it seems China is the only country, apart from Vietnam, that has the capability (read: the armed might) to assert its ownership claim over the entire Spratly’s.

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The Philippines was actually very lucky that China did not respond in kind when our military decided to dynamite several Chinese construction sites in the Spratly’s a few years ago. Even with Uncle Sam watching, China could have gotten away with sinking several of our navy ships then. They could have rightfully justified it as retaliation for our “unprovoked attack.”

I hope and pray there is no Oil in this region. Kasi kung napatunayang meron nga… aysuskupow… goodbye Peace. Hello, gulo! 😦

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How long before China grabs these as well?!

8 thoughts on “How long before China grabs these as well?!

  1. nasa elementary pako nun una kong nalaman yang spratlys issue dahil nagsusulat kame para sa school paper. pero antanda ko na ngaun hindi pa din naayos yang issue na yan. siguro kahit magka-apo nako sa tuhod hindi pa din tapos yan.

    Taroogs – malamang nga, Nika 😦

  2. Pareng Arnold,

    Walang dudang mayaman nga sa resources (oil at natural gas), sa reserve ang mga islang lugar na nakapaligid sa Spratly at ito’y napatunayan ng makadiskubre ng GAS sa Malampaya Fields-Pilipinas SHELL, malapit sa Palawan (prinotesta panga ito ng China, kanila raw ang teritoryo?).

    Ayon sa findings ng Ministry of Land ang Resources ng China at ng AsiaInfo Saervices July, 2006 Abundant Natural Gas Resources Discovered in South China Sea CHINA, mayroong nakatagong reserbang 100 billion bariles na NATURAL GAS ang lugar.

    Kung sa langis ang pag-uusapan, ang lugar ng Sprtaly ay mayroon potensyal na oil resources na aabot ng 213 billion barrels, aba’y kayang tapatan nito ang langis ng Iraq at Caspian Sea sa Iran, Russia, Kasakthan at Azerbaijan(ex Soviet Republic). Kaya ganun na lang magkanda-ugaga, UHAWna UHAW ang China sa cashunduang ipinagtibay nito sa mga utu-uto, sa mga taksil at uguk na pulitikong nag-iiskwat sa Malakanyang.
    Mabuhay ka…..- DOY

    Taroogs – Pareng Doy, anlupet! Kung sakaling mapakinabangan nga ng bansa natin yung naka-imbak na langis sa Spratly’s, sana dito naman sa atin pumunta mga Arabo para magtrabaho sa oil fields… kasi by then ubos na langis sa Middle East πŸ™‚

  3. Mix ay nagsasabing:

    I agree na sana nga walang oil diyan, pero ayon sa napag-alaman ko, may mahigit 1 trilliong bariles ng oil ang posibleng nandiyan sa kabuoan ng spratlys. Kawawa naman ang Pilipinas, puno ng yaman at ganda ng natural resources pero ibang lahi ang nakikinabang. Isa itong time-bomb na naghihintay sumabog, pero pag nagkataon naman peaceful ay siguradong mangilan ngilan lang ang makikinabang na pinoy.

    Taroogs – totoo ka dyan, mix. patak-patak na lang ang aabot sa mga tao sa baba, habang ang mga gahaman sa taas ay magbu-buhay arabo bigla lahat. sana mag-amoy arabo din sila! πŸ™‚

  4. nung grade 2 (1969) ko unang nalaman yang ispratlis isyu na yan sa “Junior Citizen” — yun bang dyaryu-dyaryuhan (current events) nuon na pinababasa sa mga pupils sa subject na social studies sa elementary? ahehe, sana nga walang langis!

    Happy Easter! sayo, taroogs.

    Taroogs – huwaw! 1969 pala bok marunong ka nang magbasa! πŸ™‚ happy araw ng kagitingan!

  5. angel ay nagsasabing:

    hala.. kakaunti lang yung sa pinas? oo nga sana walang langis!

    Taroogs – kaunti yung atin pero anlapit-lapit naman sa bansa natin. samantalang yung sa tsina at vietnam, andami kahit anlayo sa kanila! tama ba yun? 😦

  6. phalanx ay nagsasabing:

    we do not have the men and material to stand against China for even a day, China year purchases from Russia nuclear submarines, produces its own 4th generation fighters, has ballistic missiles, an army more than the Philippine population, and a huge sophisticated navy. when philippine navy has only a handful of 2nd hand PT boats no smaller than a commercial ship, with small guns and nothing that can hurt chinas cruisers. strategically there is nothing on earth philippines do to fight back if spratlys is taken by force, the airforce the most potent weapon against this threat has only about a squadron of F4, 9 are functional others are scrap, also the fuctional ones are for display and unarmed, we have a helicopter battalion comprising about 60 chopper, all vietnam age surpluses. and can easily shot down by conventional handheld RPG’s. im not trying to under estimate our Soldiers, but im sad to say that this men risk their lives in the line with 2nd rate machines, as valiant as we are, we will get slaughtered if war is going to break out, my point is the government must at least give more priority to the airforce and navy as this are the most potent weapon against extaneous threats considering our geographic location. i hope war will no break out for we cannot withstand china in battle

    Taroogs – in fact, kapatid, even if we remove weapons from the equation, yari pa din tayo sa tsina. kahit suntukan na lang, talo pa din 😦

  7. renz ay nagsasabing:

    Hindi tama ang ginagawa ng ibang bansa sa pagkuwa ng spratlys at iba pa nitong isla na malapit talaga sa pilipinas, mas maganda kung bibigyang pansin ang bawat pagmamay-ari noon nang ating bansa na kung tutuusin ay malaki talaga. Kaso nga lang kaya malaki ang sakop natin noon ay dahil nasa pamumuno patayo ng espana. Pero hindi naman natin masasabi na dahil lang sakop tayo noon ng espana eh sila na ang namuno at nagpalaki nang kalahati ng ating lupain at sakop ng pilipinas, ang totoo mga sultan noon ang namumuno at maysakop sa kalahati ng pilipinas noon. (FILIPINONG SULTAN NANG SULU ANG NAMUNO AT MAYSAKOP NOON SA BINANGIT NA TERRITORYO: “ANG KALUPAAN NA NASA ATIN NOON AY ANG BUONG KALUPAAN NG BORNEO NA SAKOP NGAYON NG INDONESIA AT ANG KALAHATI NG SAKOP NANG MALAYSIA”

    Taroogs – kung susuriin, yung claim ng china sa spratly’s ay pareho din sa claim ng pilipinas sa sabah — historical ang basehan. ang malaking pagkakaiba lang ay regional military power ang china habang medyo pipitsugin ang kakayan ng pilipinas pagdating sa defense/offense. kaya siguro siniseryoso yung claim ng china at pinagtatawanan lang yung claim natin. 😦

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