Asks USA Help to Preserve Freedom of the Seas in West Philippine Sea
(12/5/12, Tysons Corner, VA) A Philippines Legislator speaking to a Conference in Northern Virginia compared the conflict between his country and China to the U.S. War of 1812, saying that “China empowered its police, effective January 1, 2013, to board and turn away foreign ships entering the disputed waters” of what is called the West Philippine Sea (or the China Sea depending on which side you ask).
Legislator Herbert Borja from the Albay Province (State) of the Republic of the Philippines spoke before the Freedom Leadership Conference, sponsored this month by US Intelligence Council (USIC) and the Freedom Center Foundation.
Reminding his audience how his country and America stood together against a common foe during World War II, he warns that a “war at sea” is rapidly developing in the same Pacific Rim area of that conflict, and that American and world freedom of navigation, the theme of America’s War of 1812, is again being threatened.
If America does not stand with the Philippines to thwart the Chinese attempt to control the West Philippine Sea chokepoint with its rich seabed mineral deposits, Legislator Borja asks, “Will California be America’s new Maginot Line?”
“We know that the Chinese would prefer to bully the nations of Southeast Asia, one country at a time,” said Borja in his remarks. “As you can imagine, we smaller countries would prefer to bargain with China as a group. And we prefer to have the participation of the United States.”
He asks Americans, “I urge you to consider carefully what we can together do now to help stop the seizure of what will become China’s Sea if nothing is done.”
Both China and the Philippines, as well as Vietnam, Burma, Taiwan and India, have claimed part or all of the three island groups in the disputed area. China has increasingly used its stronger sea power to force the issue and now claims that effective January 1, 2013, they will stop and board ships passing through the entire area without their permission. The island groups include the Paracels, the Scarborough Shoal, and the Spratleys.
Richard Buck, a spokesman for the December 5 Conference Sponsor, US Intelligence Council, said that Legislator Borja’s remarks were very well received by conference attendees.
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