In a media briefing on Monday, March 17,
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei explained that the
Hong said the
Hong said the Philippines, in 2003, "made another solemn commitment that it would not become the first country to violate" the Declaration on the Conduct (DOC) of Parties in the South China Sea in connection to Ayungin.
The DOC includes a commitment to "undertake to exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities that would complicate or escalate disputes and affect peace and stability including, among others, refraining from action of inhabiting on the presently uninhabited islands, reefs, shoals, cays, and other features and to handle their differences in a constructive manner.”
It was only under President Benigno Aquino III that the
[Video: China on Ayungin PH broke its promise
"More shockingly," though, Hong said, the
"The sitting Philippine government was not the one 15 years ago, but as a country, the
No categorical denial
In a two-paragraph statement last Friday, March 14, the DFA only said the stranded ship was placed in Ayungin before the DOC was signed in 2002.
The DFA said: "The BRP Sierra Madre, a commissioned Philippine naval vessel, was placed in Ayungin Shoal in 1999 to serve as a permanent Philippine government installation in response to
A day before the DFA issued this statement, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said the
The Ayungin dispute heated up after the so-called "water cannon incident," which involves
The Ayungin and Panatag incidents came before the deadline of
Experts have warned the Philippines about a possible backlash because of this pleading.