外文标题：China wants to control South China Sea: Philippines
MANILA: The Philippines accused China on Thursday of seeking to take control of nearly the entire South China Sea with an expansionist agenda dominated by "massive reclamation" works.
Foreign affairs secretary Albert del Rosario said China's efforts were aimed at undermining a United Nations tribunal that is due to rule early next year on a Philippine challenge to its claims to the disputed waters.
"China is accelerating its expansionist agenda and changing the status quo to actualise its nine-dash line claim and to control nearly the entire South China Sea before... the handing down of a decision of the arbitral tribunal on the Philippine submission," del Rosario told reporters.
China insists it has sovereign rights to nearly all of the resource-rich sea, even areas approaching the coasts of the Philippines and other Southeast Asian nations, based on an old Chinese map with nine dashes outlining its territory.
But the nine dashes are in some places more than 1,000 (600 miles) from the nearest major Chinese landmass and well within the exclusive economic zones of its neighbours.
Rk NY (NY USA)
there is a world of difference between 'wanting to control'; and actually doing so.. with china having no one in the neighborhood that will support them,with india raising its presence in the region, with all the other neighbors like philippines, vietnam, .s.korea .. pushing back each time china makes any attempt to bully.. chinese control of china sea not likely to happen in near future anyway..!!!!!!1
China will be finished if they are doing this wrong think. Germans and Japan suffered for their bad deeds and now China is following and they will suffer a lot.
catindia champak (Hindustan)
To counter China, only way is economic blockade. Don't buy anything made in China. Is it possible.!? People wants cheap, which can be supplied by China only.
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Philippines is worried only about South China sea. China is engaged in the Indian Ocean itself now.
i am charlie too ()
9 dash map. Made in China.
Rk NY (NY USA) replies to i am charlie too
already rubbished by the US as contrary to intl law...!!!!!!!!!!!!
Aug.15 1947 (Location)
China will take a map or a paper document even to claim Chilie belongs to China! They have problem only now when econmically / militariliy became strong to bully all neighbours, due to over population and limited reserources to dominate one party mafia body called communists!
Concerned Pandharpur (Unknown)
The expansionist mindset of the bully China
they can't do whenever India is there
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