Can we talk to China on West Philippine Sea?: Third of a series


Esteban G. Pena Sy


The Manila Times


 June 3, 2016


BASED on the reciprocity principle, I believed that if the Philippine government made any compromise, the Chinese side should also take certain actions or make certain commitments to show her sincerity. So I asked Madam Fu Ying, then-Deputy Foreign Minister of China: “In case the Philippine naval vessel withdraws from the Panatag lagoon, can the Chinese government guarantee that Filipino fishermen fishing in Panatag Shoal and nearby areas will not be harassed?”