HONG KONG, China (The Adobo Chronicles, Hong Kong Bureau) – Hundreds of thousands of protesters continued to take to the streets demanding that Hong Kong be made an administrative region of the Philippines.
Hong Kong as we know it today was born when China’s Qing dynasty government was defeated in the First Opium War in 1842, when it ceded Hong Kong Island to Britain. … Under the principle of ‘One Country, Two Systems’, Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China on 1 July 1997.
The protesters said that they have much more in common with the Philippines than with China, citing the fact that they favor Democracy over Communism. They also said that close to a quarter million Filipinos reside in Hong Kong, mostly occupying jobs as domestic workers. It is also the favorite shopping destination of many Filipinos, including former diplomats who were recently denied entry into the island.
Protesters were seen holding placards bearing the name of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who is extremely popular not only in his country but across Asia and some Western countries.
No comment yet from Duterte or Chinese President Xi Jinping.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The previous government of Noynoy Aquino has called the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on the Philippines’ territorial claims in the West Philippine Sea a “victory,” but the Rodrigo Duterte government calls it a “futile award.”
Duterte recently announced that at his next meeting with Xi Jinping, he will bring up the arbitration issue with the Chinese President. But what he didn’t say is that he will give up the Philippines’ claims over some of the disputed territories.
In an exclusive interview with The Adobo Chronicles, Duterte said the PCA in its ruling has described certain maritime features claimed by both China and the Philippines as rocks, not islands.
The Philippine arbitration panel itself argued that some of these features are indeed rocks incapable of sustaining human habitation or economic life of their own. These include Scarborough Shoal, Johnson Reef, Carterton Reef and Fiery Cross Reef, as well as Itu Aba, the biggest natural island in the Spratlys, occupied by Taiwan.
“What benefit would it be for the Philippines to lay claim to rocks,” Dutete said.
”I am not about to go to war with China over rocks,” he added.
Duterte’s decision is sure to rock the boat in as far as the PCS arbitration award favoring the Philippines is concerned.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Philippines is no match to China in as far as military might and resources are concerned, so a war between the two countries is not an option to resolve the terrotorial conflict in the West Philippine Sea.
But President Rodrigo Duterte knows where the Philippines has an upper hand: Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong.
OFWs are in high demand in Hong Kong, with most Filipinos serving as domestic workers. It is estimated that there are 230,000 OFWs in this Chinese territory.
When he meets with Xi Jinping sometime in the very near future, Duterte says he will finally discuss with the Chinese leader the issue of the West Philippine Sea and 2016 Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling which favored the Philippines.
“If China will continue to ignore the PCA award, I will order the immediate return of all OFWs now in Hong Kong. I know this will cause a huge void in Hong Kong’s economy, “ Duterte said.
Duterte added that if this will still not work, he will also order the deportation of all Chinese nationals now working in the Philippines, and shut down all Chinese-owned or Chinese-named restaurants in the country.
Is this goodbye to ChowKing, Kowloon, Ma Mon Luk and other eateries in Chinatown?