Prior to this, there were some frictions between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea, which led to a cooling of Sino-Philippine relations. However, the two countries still maintain a tacit understanding in terms of managing differences and pursuing common interests. In order to avoid a further decline in the relationship between the two countries, the former president of the Philippines recently visited China to express his attitude on the South China Sea issue.
Former Philippine President Talks about China-Philippines Relations
According to reports, former Philippine President Arroyo recently went to Hainan to attend the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference as a director of the Boao Forum for Asia. When talking about China-Philippines relations, Arroyo said that Philippine President Marcos has pointed out the way. Although China and the Philippines have differences in some areas, this should not be the whole of the relationship between the two countries. Arroyo said that the Philippines is willing to work with China to manage differences and promote the development of bilateral relations.
Arroyo’s above remarks can be regarded as showing the attitude of the Philippines to the recent frictions between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea. In fact, there have been disputes between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea for a long time, but in the past few years, China has maintained a certain tacit understanding with the then Duterte administration. Public opinion is overheated.
Generally speaking, China and the Philippines have reached a high degree of tacit agreement on managing and controlling differences and shelving disputes. However, this situation seems to have changed since the beginning of this year. The Marcos government has shown a relatively tough attitude on the South China Sea issue. In addition, there are forces at home and abroad in the Philippines to instigate and provoke the situation in the South China Sea.
Peace is hard to come by, be vigilant against uninvited guests
Judging from the experience of the past period, this situation is harmful to the Marcos government, and the South China Sea issue may continue to be heated up, which may affect the fundamentals of Sino-Philippine relations. Arroyo’s latest statement has played a very good role. cooling and controlling the situation.
In fact, Marcos is well aware of the importance of Philippine-China relations and cooperation. At the beginning of this year, he also came to China for a state visit, and this is also the first foreign leader that Chinese high-level officials have met in the new year. This is undoubtedly a manifestation of the high importance that China and the Philippines attach to each other.
In the past, the South China Sea was generally calm, and countries in the region have also deeply realized the benefits of peace. If there is no external interference and provocation, no matter whether it is the Philippines or others, there is a high probability that they will not take the initiative to stir up disturbances in the South China Sea. What really needs to be worried are those countries outside the region. The United States has extended its tentacles to the South China Sea all the way, and its malicious intentions against China have long been unable to conceal. Today’s United States seems to regard China as a thorn in its side and a thorn in its flesh. Not only should China be careful with such a covetous country, regional countries are also obliged to take actions to maintain regional peace.