Abnoy had a lot of saber rattling and brave words to say against China about the West Philippine Sea.
Did it help? No.
We lost the Fiery Cross Reef (Kagitingan Reef) and Subi Reef (Zamora Reef) when China built their artificial islands on it.
And we just stared and watched them do it. To make matters worse, they used rock and soil materials quarried from Zambales as building materials!
China do what they did to us as a way to send a message to Uncle Sam, sort of using the Chinese idiom "killing the chicken to scare the monkey".
Right now, our military is not strong enough to enforce our sovereignty. We cannot rely on the USA to fight for us. We had to do it ourselves. We need time to quietly strengthen ourselves. In the meantime, we should not prod China into imposing their power over our weakness, because for now, we can't do anything about it. There is time in the future for that, when we have gained our strength.
China stopped further island building when Du30 came to power. If it is because of what you call "cowardice" response, i'd say, his strategy must be working.
Edited by camiar, 07 October 2019 - 03:06 PM.