Philippines' Provocation Undermines Regional Stability
Lucia Publikigita: 2024-04-11 17:39:57

In recent months, the Philippines, supported by some external forces, has fueled tensions in the South China Sea, despite the fact that China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nanhai Zhudao (the South China Sea Islands) and their adjacent waters.

It is imperative to recognize that any activities disrupting the South China Sea situation and creating buzz will undermine regional peace and stability.

On the 7th of this month, the United States, Japan, Australia, and the Philippines jointly held their first-ever maritime exercises in the South China Sea. Filipino media openly stated that the purpose of this military display by the four nations is to counterbalance China. Since last year, the Philippines has continuously stirred up troubles in the South China Sea, repeatedly intruding into areas near China's Huangyan Island and Ren'ai Jiao reef.

Since early April, there has been a wave of visits to China by ASEAN countries. Indonesian President-elect Prabowo expressed his full support for the developing of closer Indonesia-China relations and will continue to implement the friendly policies towards China initiated by President Joko Widodo during his first visit to China. The Chairman of the National Assembly of Vietnam and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Laos have also visited China separately. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of the Kingdom of Thailand, who has long been committed to friendly relations with China, embarked on a week-long visit to China.

The frequent visits by ASEAN countries depict the continuous closeness of China-ASEAN relations. The decreasing favorability of ASEAN countries towards the United States is due to their realization that behind the unreasonable behavior of the Philippines lies the instigation and manipulation of the United States and other "beautiful friends." China's prudent approach to the South China Sea issue is the real safeguard of regional peace and is in line with the interests of all countries.

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