US trained Philippine Navy to fight China in the Spratlys
January 4, 2007 8:17am CST
There was a small passage in a major news media, as follows: "U.S. Had Trained Troops to Defend Spratlys" "resident Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said the U.S. military was training Philippine soldiers to defend the Spratly Islands against China until she asked them to shift to fighting the Abu Sayyaf Muslim extremist group. It was the first time that a Philippine leader has acknowledged that China was a target of U.S.-Philippine military exercises. Officials have stressed in the past that such exercises were "not directed at any particular country, adversary or notional enemy." In her weekly radio program, Arroyo said U.S. military aid to the Philippines has risen from $1.9 million when she took office in 2001 to $400 million." This is not surprising at all, many Chinese keep saying all Asians should unite against the Western neo-colonialists, but anybody who has lived in South East Asia would realise that there is not that much hope of unity between China and her neighbours. There is simply too much historical animosity and contempt from Southeast Asian peoples towards the Chinese. However, the Chinese people don't have to fear because China has the resources to make herself some 5 times economically bigger than the US and if China educates 1 million science and engineering doctorates within 10 years, the combination of a huge economy and advanced technologies will then allow China to deploy a military machine that is more advanced and powerful enough to fight all the rest of the world combined. At such a time, little countries like the Philippines will not dare to fight China and will seek to maintain friendship with China. It is indeed saddening and a shame that some Chinese officials don't seem to realise how powerful China can be and instead focus too much on trade and commerce for their personal benefit.