05 February 2013
IF YOU THINK THAT MALAYSIA, a member and founding member of ASEAN will side with the Philippines in the territorial disputes against China, think again. Have you noticed that even as Malaysia lays claims to and occupies a string of islands in the Spratlys (two of which they stole from us), China has not bothered to talk them down?
On the contrary, the two countries get on famously! In fact, a top China political advisor, Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) is in Malaysia today to cement China-Malaysia ties announces China Communist Party official website.
Mr Jia, top China pulitburo official is in Malaysia with a 60-member delegation to sign a string of cooperation agreements which will be topped by the signing of documents to set up China's Xiamen University's first foreign branch and a contract to expand a seaport near the Kuantan industrial park. In fact, China has been trumpeting that it hopes "Jia's visit would deepen bilateral education cooperation so as to make China-Malaysia traditional friendship last forever."
Well, our view is that this China visit to Malaysia is almost to be expected. China is now on a serious offensive using "Salami tactics" aimed in large part at isolating "insolent" little Philippines and Vietnam. And knowing Malaysia -- and I mean, know it very well, opportunistic Malaysia will grovel before China (just like they grovelled before the Japanese in WWII -- such is the character of the Malaysians) even if it means not playing the ASEAN card, i.e., "one for all, all for one" sort of thing, for as long a string of UMNO and BN hotshots, including their Chinese-Malaysia lackeys, get their fair share of the booty.
What has Malaysia got to lose? Nothing. What have they got to win? Everything! China will be leaving them alone in the Spratlys; perhaps will even protect Malaysia in the future when the Philippines finally wakes up from the dead and decide to take Sabah back. And of course, the icing on the cake is more trade growth. You see, China-Malaysia trade grew 5.3 percent on an annual basis last year to reach 94.8 billion U.S. dollars.
Both Malaysia and China have one major thing in common -- they have hijacked territories in the Spratlys well within the 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone of the Philippines -- in other words, territories that rightfully belong to the Philippines, to exploit exclusively if PH so wants.
Not only has Malaysia illegally annexed Sabah, it also now uses Sabah to lay claims and to occupy other islets, reefs, shoals that they say are within Sabah's 200 nautical mile EEZ. In 1999, Malaysia occupied Gabriela Silang Reef (Erica Reef) and Pawikan Reef (Investigator Shoal), causing the Philippines to protest but nothing came out of it. Malaysia also occupied Swallow Reef (Celerio for the Philippines), which they now call Layang-Layang, on the basis that it is within Sabah's EEZ and have been maintaining a Malaysia Navy offshore security post called Uniform Station on the reef.
|China's military garrison in Philippine Spratlys|
In May 2011, journalist and Malaysa columnist Ellen Tordesillas wrote, China tried to pull a fast one again by trying to hijack Jackson/Quirino atoll which was a mere 126 nautical miles from Palawan. And this happened "While Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie was making a “goodwill visit” in Manila less than two weeks ago, his people were attempting to set up structures in an island, 126 nautical miles away from Palawan " reports Ellen Tordesillas in her blog. Fortunately the Philippine Navy dismantled the China buoys.
And of course, today, we have virtually lost Scarborough to China.
Now, when you have a combination of thieves as greedy as China and Malaysia, one found north and the other is found west of the Philippines respectively, hell bent on further stealing Philippine territories in the West Philippine Sea, then you must do everything to keep an eye on them. Why? That's because you just cannot, but absolutely cannot trust thieves!
(Xinhua) 16:02, February 03, 2013 KUALA LUMPUR, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- Malaysia and China's relationship would be taken to a new height when Chinese top political advisor Jia Qinglin visits Malaysia on February 4 to sign a series of cooperative agreements and open a joint industrial park in the east coast Pahang state, Chinese ambassador to Malaysia Chai Xi has said.Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), is scheduled to launch the Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park, a 7-kilometer square development area as a 'sister park' to the China-Malaysia Qingzhou Industrial Park in Shandong province.
He is also expected to sign a number of documents related to, among others, the setup of Xiamen University's first foreign branch in Malaysia and an expansion of a seaport near the Kuantan industrial park.
China hopes Jia's visit would deepen bilateral education cooperation so as to make China-Malaysia traditional friendship last forever... "further reinforce our coordination and communication on regional and global issues for the sake of regional peace, stability and common development", Chai said.
The forthcoming visit underscores the "good momentum in strategic cooperation" China and the Southeast Asian nation had been keeping in recent years, Chai said.
Chinese President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao and top Chinese legislator Wu Bangguo visited Malaysia one after another last year while Malaysian Premier Najib Razak, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Senate Speaker also paid visits to China.
Jia will head a 60-member delegation to visit Malaysia on Feb. 4-7. During his stay, Jia will pay a courtesy call to Malaysian King Abdul Halim and Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Several firms in the steel, aluminum and palm oil producing industry sectors have pledged to invest in the Kuantan industrial park, which entices investors with a 10-year tax break, cheaper land and convenient infrastructure, Chai said.
China-Malaysia trade grew 5.3 percent on an annual basis last year to reach 94.8 billion U.S. dollars.
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05 February 2013