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Exploring the Escalating Situation in the South China Sea
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Exploring the Escalating Situation in the South China Sea

In this episode, the issue of the West Philippine Sea was discussed in relation to the China-US relationship. According to China's perspective, the actions of the Philippines are seen as a challenge to China's position in this matter, particularly in their competition with the US.

However, the Philippines aims to change this perception and emphasize that it is not about the China-US relationship, but rather about the Philippines-China relationship.

The Philippines wants to address the issue based on the UN Convention on the Law of the Seas and refute the false notion that it is an enclosed sea. The objective is to demonstrate that the issue in the West Philippine Sea is directly related to the Philippines and China.

Prof. Herman Kraft said it was mentioned that Filipino fishermen are facing difficulties entering Scarborough Shoal, and China is obstructing the resupply missions of the Philippines. This becomes problematic as the fishermen are unable to sustain their livelihood within Scarborough Shoal due to China's interference. Additionally, the resupply missions sent by the Philippines to the soldiers stationed at Sierra Madre in Ayunin Shoal are also being manipulated by the Chinese Coast Guard. This is unjust and contrary to the decisions made. This tension highlights the Philippines' assertion of its rights in the West Philippine Sea.

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In this episode, we cover:

  • [00:03:11] Tensiyon sa South China Sea.

  • [00:08:24] Ang Arbitral Award.

  • [00:15:29] Mga tensyon sa West Philippine Sea.

  • [00:19:16] Ang entitlement ng Pilipinas.

  • [00:27:34] Ang pagtaas ng tensyon.

  • [00:31:03] Pagbabago ng patakaran sa West Philippine Sea.

  • [00:32:04] Implikasyon sa regional stability.

  • [00:35:20] Ginagamit ng China ang intimidasyon.

  • [00:36:36] Banggaan sa undisputed na claim.

  • [00:38:10] Pagtatalo sa teritoryo.

  • [00:43:14] Gasgasan ng barko at insidente.

  • [00:49:35] Mga kaganapan sa South China Sea.

About the Guest:

Herman Joseph S. Kraft is a Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of the Philippines at Diliman, Quezon City. He is concurrently a Convenor of the Strategic Studies Program of the Center for Integrative and Development Studies at the University of the Philippines.

He has been working on and published articles and book chapters on International Relations and International Security, especially issues concerning ASEAN, regional security in Southeast Asia, security sector reform, and intra-state conflict in the Philippines.

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