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‘Relationships must be based on sincerity and reciprocal respect’

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FIRSTLY, before making a final judgment on the maritime incident that happened last June 9, 2019, allow me to quote Chinese President Xi Jinping’s speech in Macau:

“Relationships based on gold will be forgotten once gold is spent. Relationships based on benefits (interest, advantage) will soon break away once there’s no more benefit to derive. Relationships based on position (influence) will sway once position has fallen. Relationships based on authority (power) will get abandoned once authority is lost.”

Relationships must be based on sincerity and reciprocal respect.

Along this line of thought, we give the benefit of the doubt to President Xi, as well as to our President Duterte, who has shown his proven love for the Filipinos and the country, on their final actions in regard to this issue. China claims it was an accident; if so, why didn’t they save the Filipino fishermen? Then again they claim they were scared of the other fishermen in the vicinity that swarmed them. Obviously if their story is true, then those other Filipino fishermen would have been the first to rescue their countrymen. It can’t be true, since the Filipino fishermen who were hit by the Chinese vessel were left for hours in the sea until a ship from Vietnam arrived on the scene and rescued them. Kudos to the compassionate heart of the crew of the Vietnamese ship who were following the basic rules of the sea.

Although it may be true that the China Maritime Militia vessel is under the China Military Command, it may not be necessarily true that it acted under its directive in that particular instance. I could only believe that the Chinese ship involved in this incident, to have most likely done it deliberately, even if only under orders from the Commandant of the Ship, without seeking permission from higher authorities. Hence, it should be penalized by the Chinese government, pay for damages, and issue a final public apology. I know there are bad people in every country, but they should be accountable for their actions. The Filipino fishermen were fishing within Philippine territory and exclusive economic zone. The Chinese ship and crew didn’t have any right to ram their boat since they were in our international waters.

Allow me to as well quote China’s former President Deng Xiaoping, the man who made modern China, in his speech at the United Nations on April 10, 1974, to give everyone a glimpse of the true original nature of China:

“If one day China should change her color and turn into a superpower, if she too should play the tyrant in the world and everywhere subject others to her bullying, aggression and exploitation, the people of the world should identify her as social imperialism, expose it, oppose it and work together with the Chinese people to overthrow it.”

I hope China doesn’t destroy its aim of being called the Mother of Asia, who never conquered and colonized another country.

Christopher L. Carrion

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