NOW it is crystal clear that the United States won’t side with us in our territorial dispute with the People’s Republic of China regardless of our so-called “special ties” that were forged in Bataan and Corregidor and our existing mutual defense treaty with them.
This was made clear by U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton and U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta when they met their Filipino counterparts Alberto Del Rosario and Voltaire Gazmin in Washington D.C. recently.
Clinton explained that Washington does not take sides on the sovereignty claims by two countries. But she said maintaining freedom of navigation in the disputed territory was a matter of national interest for the United States.
This simply means the U.S. would act only if its interest in the area is threatened.
Aside from renewing its commitment to improve our maritime security capability by giving the Philippine Navy another second hand high endurance cutter soon as earlier promised this year and some additional monetary assistance, Del Rosario and Gazmin totally failed to secure unequivocal support from the U.S. in our territorial dispute with our powerful neighbor.
It does not take a rocket scientist to see that the U.S. had a far larger economic and political interest in China than the Philippines. It is clearly reckless for President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to seek a high profile meeting with Clinton and Panetta and send Del Rosario and Gazmin without first ensuring a modicum of success.
No amount of sugarcoating by Presidential Political Adviser Ronald Llamas would change the fact that Aquino’s American gambit is a miserable failure. If nothing else the meeting only confirmed to the Chinese what it suspects all along that we are nothing but lackeys of the U.S. in its geopolitical strategy in Southeast Asia.
Senator Joker Arroyo rightfully compared the Philippines to an orphan. He explained that “we have nowhere to turn to. The government practically tied our hands when it sought the Washington meeting but failed to get its desired results.”
It is about time for Aquino to rethink his administration’s move concerning Panatag Reef and used a pro-Filipino, pro-Asian paradigm in solving the crisis. We have to defend our sovereignty but we cannot rely on foreigners to protect our interest.
It is a shame that Aquino seems to be no less pro U.S. like almost all previous occupants of Malacañang despite the fact that he doesn’t owe his ascension to power to them…right?
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