Wednesday, July 13, 2016

WPS: Foreign Policy Shift by Erick San Juan

After the long wait, the United Nation Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) released its decision and is still trending on the internet.

And we thought we are done with so much politics after the recent elections and the continuous movement of political butterflies from one party to another, think again.

In the article of Anthony Carlucci, The Politics Behind the Philippines vs. China Court Case, he writes: “The corporate-financier funded and directed policy think tank, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) published a paper titled, “Revising U.S. Grand Strategy Toward China,” penned by Robert Blackwill – a Bush era administrator and lobbyist who has directly participated in Washington’s attempts to maintain hegemony over Asia.

Blackwill’s paper states (emphasis added):

    "Because the American effort to ‘integrate’ China into the liberal international order has now generated new threats to U.S. primacy in Asia—and could result in a consequential challenge to American power globally—Washington needs a new grand strategy toward China that centers on balancing the rise of Chinese power rather than continuing to assist its ascendancy.

Indeed, a US policymaker openly admits that the US perceived itself as possessing  and seeking to maintain 'primacy in Asia', primacy being defined by Merriam-Webster as, “the state of being most important or strongest.”

The United States then, literally an ocean away from Asia, presumes 'primacy' over an entire region of the planet, and is openly seeking to deny the very nations within that region 'primacy' over their own destiny, people and resources.

It is an open, modern proclamation of imperialism.

It is also the true reality that underlines US foreign policy in the South China Sea and explains why an American and British, not only a Philippine legal team has spent years trying to exact a ruling from the UN and other 'international' organizations regarding Beijing.

In this context, it is quite clear why Beijing plans to ignore the ruling.”

Indeed, since the very start, a lot of thinking Filipinos wondered why we have an Anglo-American panel of lawyers who handled our case at The Hague because they were worried about the cost (in dollars) of these lawyers and its impact when the ruling was released. But the mere fact we had a leadership of  ‘slaves’ then kowtowing to a perceived master, this foreign-led pool of lawyers went ahead to ‘help’ us win the court battle. And the irony began when we are fighting for sovereignty over territories while we have given up our sovereignty to be represented by foreigners. Tell me, is that a big B.S. or not?

Can we blame China for not believing in the PCA decision?

In his another article, The Philippines vs. China Case is a US Stunt, Carlucci reminds Asians that  the "Philippines vs. China Hague ruling” is meaningless for ASEAN.  It is a court case in which a US law firm is representing the Philippines against China, from which the Philippines has absolutely nothing to gain except a growing, senseless, and costly confrontation with China.

The perception is that the US however, gets to use the case to further divide and destabilize the region while giving itself an opportunity to reassert its hegemony in the region.

We are adviced that ASEAN had better not fool themselves into thinking they have anything to gain by playing part in this. This is about dividing and weakening ALL of Asia. The US says so in its own policy papers.

If ASEAN wants to navigate this ruling intelligently, it will dismiss it as a public relations stunt, and continue seeking a bilateral settlement for whatever the problem actually is in the South China Sea with China directly.

We are told by the same paper that if the ASEAN tries opportunistically to use these US-backed stunts against China, they will eventually find themselves the victims of such stunts in the near future.

Asia’s future must be determined by Asia – not by Western-controlled ‘international institutions” or by the US and its meddling.”

Very well said, pundits agree that as Asians we have to confront our problems in the region without the meddling of ‘other parties’ whose possible interest and intention is to create chaos in the process and balkanize the region into warring sovereign states.

This is the wisdom we saw with our new president Duterte, he will find solutions to the territorial disputes with China through bilateral talks and bilateral projects in the mineral-rich South China Sea/West Philippines Sea and avoid confrontation.

Now that the International Arbitration Court ruled in favor of the Philippine rights in the sea dispute. We also have to remind the leadership of China that they are also a signatory to UNCLOS, the rule of law must prevail. Let us not submerge the West Philippine Sea into chaos but instead let us cooperate to develop the region so that Asians will gain from it.

Let our neighborhood be the ground for mediation between the two superpowers so that peace will be ensured and not be the battleground and prelude to the next world war.

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