- Written by AFP and PNA
- Friday, 13 July 2012
“If Philippine sovereignty and jurisdiction can be denigrated by a powerful country through pressure, duplicity, intimidation and the threat of the use of force, the international community should be concerned about the behavior,” he told the summit, according to an official statement.
Del Rosario was referring to a recent standoff between Chinese and Philippine boats at a rocky outcrop called the Scarborough Shoal, which is claimed by the Philippines.
Del Rosario said Beijing’s increasingly assertive stance over disputed and non-disputed areas of the South China Sea posed a “threat to the peace and stability” in the Asia Pacific region.
“If left unchecked, the increasing tension that is being generated in the process could further escalate into physical hostilities which no one wants,” he said at the Asean Regional Forum, which was also attended by Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“This puts in greater jeopardy the remarkable economic dynamism of our region which was made possible by the relative peace and stability that prevailed in the past years.”
Clinton, meanwhile, urged the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to take a stand on the three-month impasse between China and the Philippines at Scarborough Shoal, warning that such territorial dispute could eventually threaten all 10 members of the regional bloc.
“What might be a challenge today for some of Asean’s members, if left unaddressed by all of Asean, could lead tomorrow to issues that may become problems for (the rest of) other Asean members,” the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) quoted Clinton as saying during the Asean-US ministerial meeting in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.
It was the first major call on the Asean, which is currently led by Cambodia, to take a clearer and stronger stand on the long-simmering territorial rift in the West Philippines Sea, also known as South China Sea, which involves four Asean members — Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam..... MORE
Source: The Daily Tribune