- Written by Jonathan de la Cruz
- Monday, 16 July 2012
Instead of arriving at ‘win-win’ solutions on both counts, we ended up with “lose-lose” propositions which can only mean more trouble in the years ahead.
In the case of the recently concluded 45th Asean Foreign Ministers Meeting which for the first time did not issue a joint communiqué, the Philippines insisted and was left by its lonesome stridently insisting that the specifics of the months old standoff between us and China and later, China and Vietnam, over disputed parts of the Scarborough Shoal and the Spratlys Group be incorporated in the issuance. Even Vietnam which had earlier protested China’s auctioning of certain exploration contracts in the disputed area apparently begged off at the last minute and did not join the Philippines in the enterprise which should have given us a way out of the impasse..... MORE
Source: The Daily Tribune