The Philippines responded today to a statement released by the Chinese Embassy reiterating its objection to the case filed by the Philippines to the United Nations against China’s aggressive territorial claims in the West Philippine Sea.
China has repeatedly dismissed calls for international mediation in the territorial dispute and cites its preference for bilateral “friendly consultations and negotiations” over UN arbitration.
“For the Chinese people, to avoid lawsuit is part of the Chinese culture and tradition. And the Philippine people also value friendship and good faith.” Chinese spokesman Zhang Hua said in the release.
In response, the Philippines posted a statement through its Department of Foreign Affairs stating: “If the Chinese people really think of us as friends then they should know that friends like you for who you are; and what we are is a sovereign nation with an exclusive economic zone and a legitimate right to protect our territorial integrity.”
The statement continues: “China should also know that friends don’t fire water cannons at each other unless it’s a really hot summer day and both sides agreed to play and got permission from their moms.”
Among the other noteworthy lines from the Philippine statement were:
“The only way to have a friend is to be one.” and “Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.”
And: “How can we talk about friendship when our ships can’t even be friendly?”
The press release ended by quoting the entire lyrics of Burt Bacharach’s “That’s What Friends Are For” and a link to the YouTube video of a popular cover by Dionne Warwick and Friends.