CHINESE ships were again spotted at the Benham Rise, East of Palawan, Philippines.
It was reported by DFA that said ships were stealthily maneuvering over our territories. Last day, the DFA has already sent a letter to the Chinese embassy in the Philippines to seek clarification on the matter.
This island together with many islets in the disputed Spratly’s Islands is both historically and legally owned by the Republic of the Philippines.
Historically because these islands form part of the Philippine territory long before the Chinese even claimed it to be their own.
Specifically, many of the islands in Spratly are discovered by Tomas Cloma in 1970’s and which were legally recognized by Presidential Decree No. 1596 signed by then President Marcos in 1978.
So, entry, without the consent of the government, to any of these territories by ships of a foreign country is considered as illegal. Thus, it can be considered as an intruder.
Recently, or on July 12, 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration has finally rendered a judgment on the disputed islands, recognizing the Philippines to be a lawful owner of the same.
However, the game of politics in the international arena is not controlled much less governed by the law of nations and that the scheme in the international arena is governed not by international law in the technical sense of the word but by the general principles of political science.
Under international relations, a state that tends to be stronger and powerful than the other is more advantage than its counterpart, a weaker state has no resort but to submit or appear to be strong – pretention of power.
International politics is a struggle for power says Hans Morgenthau, a political theorist, and realist.
He coined the term ‘struggle for power’ because a powerful State has no desire but to get stronger and stronger to maintain economic and political control of the global underpinnings.
Here, China clearly does not concern over the laws of nations but to its interest as a state. It only adheres to international law when it suits too.
But in a real sense, it is a lawless, rogue state.