Philippine-Chinese relations remain strong-A A +A
Monday, February 18, 2013
OFFICIALS claim the relationship between Filipino and Chinese communities within the country is still smooth and is getting closer despite the territorial dispute at the Scarborough Shoal between the two countries.
Chinese Ambassador Ma Keqing had earlier revealed the close friendship of the two countries is not affected by the dispute. She added instead of dying, it further flourished for the parties’ benefits.
In the recently held spring festival of the Chinese community in Baguio City and Benguet, most Filipinos participated and showed support to the foreign celebration.
Peter Ng, one of the known personalities in Chinese business community, said the dispute should not hinder the friendship the two nations had even before the problem at the shoal. He added business between Filipinos and Chinese will still continue in the city as usual.
Filipino officials in Benguet and Baguio City also attested to the good friendship they still have with Chinese here in the country. They even expressed their gratitude to Chinese community for their numerous contributions to the economy of the Cordillera since the deadliest earthquake struck the city in 1990.
Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan earlier revealed after the killer quake attacked the city, several buildings collapsed but the Chinese nationals took the challenge to revive the fallen economy through establishing their several businesses here.
Last year, China started claiming some portions of the western Philippine Sea as its own land. China announced that the Spratly Islands, Paracel Islands and Maclesfeild Bank would be administered by its own political entity called Sansha City.
China’s claim is based on an ancient map drawn out in the year 120 A.D. In this map, practically the entire body of water that straddles Asean is said to form part of China’s territory. This is the area claimed by China today. Hence, it has put itself in direct territorial conflict not only with the Philippines, but also with Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 19, 2013.