Mon 14 May, 2012 02:43 am
Recently, China and Philippines have been fighting over Scarborough island in South China Sea. Historically, the island has been Philippine territory, and nobody dared to deny that fact.
However, from an unknown point in time, China has been claiming that the island is Chinese territory, and recently, the Chinese government banned Philippine fishermen from approaching the island.
At the moment, China is making a similar situation with Korean island... The Ieodo...
Historically, Ieodo is Korean territory, but China is claming that Ieodo is Chinese territory for security and economic reasons.
China has territory disputes with a total of 14 countries.
If China wants to be a powerful nation, it has to act like one, and not bully other countries, and create bunch of unnecessary conflicts.
How can we call such a country a G2 nation?
Historically, the adjective which is used to identify something from the Philippine Islands is Filipino.
Would you really define this as a 'conflict' or moreso a 'dispute'. Ok bad for the Philippines but this happens. Its the nature of countries, its human nature. Sure you can call China a bully and then you can apply that to a hell of a lot of countries. Just look at the Rockall dispute. A tiny rock in the Atlantic Ocean claimed by Denmark, Iceland, Ireland and the UK. And the island is only 35 metres by 25 metres.
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