The Philippines warship stranded on the South China sea shoal reveals the new relationship between China and Philippines.

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 The Philippines warship stranded on the South China sea shoal reveals the new relationship between China and Philippines.


The reef is about 110 km (68 miles) south of Palawan Island in the western Philippines, south of Renai Reef in China, the article said. In 1999, the Philippine Navy carrier deliberately grounded on Renai Reef, which the Philippines has been intending to use as a military outpost.

After the Philippine warship grounded, Philippine defense officials notified the Chinese government, but refused Chinese assistance. Philippine military officials also said they were coordinating with the United States to seek U.S. assistance to repair the stranded warships.

The article said that at that time, the Philippine Navy and Coast Guard sent a total of four ships to the Del Pilar frigate to provide support for its sailors to provide food and other supplies.

According to a spokesman for the Philippine military, they hired two tugs on September 3 to tow the ship to a Philippine port for repairs.

The ships disposal speed was much faster than many international problem analysts had predicted, the article said. China is very vigilant about the redevelopment of the Philippines Navy in 1999.

The United States fears that Chinas proposal to help rescue Philippine frigates will be a diplomatic victory that will benefit Chinas common interest in the South China Sea and justify its name for building islands and deploying facilities in the South China Sea.

The Philippines is worried that allowing China to lead the rescue mission will give Beijing the upper hand in the South China Sea dispute with the Philippines.

Recently, Philippines has taken swift steps to restore relations with China.

Philippine Finance Minister Carlos Dominguez personally thanked China for its support in infrastructure construction at a meeting in Beijing on August 22. China and Philippines are also discussing the joint development of deep-sea resources. The article said that the rapid towing of the Del Pilar sent a positive signal to Sino-Philippine relations. The 1999 grounding incident will not repeat itself. The article also holds that, as two major countries in the South China Sea dispute, it is very important for China and the Philippines to maintain a friendly atmosphere and avoid undermining confidence-building measures while advancing the final agreement on the South China Sea Code of Conduct. Equally important, the trust deficit between China and the United States should not be further widened by such an accident. Source: Global Times - World Wide Web. More brilliant, please log on to World Wide Web http://www.huanqiu.com responsible editor: Yao Wenguang _NN1682

Philippine Finance Minister Carlos Dominguez personally thanked China for its support in infrastructure construction at a meeting in Beijing on August 22.

China and Philippines are also discussing the joint development of deep-sea resources.

The article said that the rapid towing of the Del Pilar sent a positive signal to Sino-Philippine relations. The 1999 grounding incident will not repeat itself.

The article also holds that, as two major countries in the South China Sea dispute, it is very important for China and the Philippines to maintain a friendly atmosphere and avoid undermining confidence-building measures while advancing the final agreement on the South China Sea Code of Conduct.

Equally important, the trust deficit between China and the United States should not be further widened by such an accident.