China to Philippines: Tolerance has limits - Unfortunately, some countries mistake China’s low-key profile and utmost restraint as a soft spot at their disposal to “tame” China, Philippines is one of them.



China to Philippines: Tolerance has limits
2012-05-08 05:59:32 GMT2012-05-08 13:59:32(Beijing Time) SINA.com
By Wang Qi, Sina English
http://english.sina.com/china/2012/0507/465658.html
"Keeping a low profile and biding the time", first proposed by Chinese
late leader Deng Xiaoping, has always served as one of China's guiding
principles for its foreign policies. The strategy makes it possible
for a country feeding 1/5 of the world’s population to concentrate
more on development, achieving its galloping growth today.

Circumstances change with the passage of time, but China still firmly
stick to the principle so as to create a peaceful environment for its
sustained development.

Unfortunately, some countries mistake China’s low-key profile and
utmost restraint as a soft spot at their disposal to “tame” China,
Philippines is one of them.

Last month, a Philippine warship harassed Chinese fishermen fishing in
Chinese waters, triggering the ongoing standoff on the Huangyan
Island. The incident soon escalated into a diplomatic scuffle because
of Philippine's reckless moves, one after another. First, it increased
its military presence in the disputed waters. Then it declared to take
the issue to International Tribunal, intending to internationalize the
disputes.

Manila goes whole hog to seek the U.S. helping hand, even though Uncle
Sam has refused to take sides. And the latest stunt Philippine turned
out was that it would rename Huangyan as "Panatag Shoal" in an attempt
to claim an island to which China has indisputable sovereignty, as it
is.

So far, Beijing has exercised the utmost restraint and has been
pursuing diplomatic and peaceful means to defuse the tension. Direct
and friendly negotiations remain the preferred and best solution. But,
kindness is by no means weakness and tolerance has limits.
Should Philippines go out of its way to provoke, it would reap as it
has sown.

After all, resorting to peaceful means does not mean China will put at
stake its own sovereignty and territorial integrity. Instead, China
will always stand up to any challenge to its national interests, and
defend its national dignity at any price.

Indeed, regional stability and peaceful co-existence are what China
has been seeking after, and good-neighborly relations are China’s top
priority in dealing with others in the region.

In a sense, no country, big or small, should run counter to the trend
of peace and development, constantly creating trouble to others. But,
if trouble haunts, China is also adept at shooting it.
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