Soliven backs out of CAEXPO 2015 due to China’s aggression PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 July 2015 10:42

Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Regional Governor for Western Mindanao and RDC IX Economic Development Chairman Pocholo N. Soliven has cancelled his participation as head of the private sector delegation to Naning, China for the CAExpo 2015.

“Out of my sense of patriotism, in protest over China’s continued expansion on Kagitingan Reef, a 3,000 meter airstrip, a new pave and mark for the airstrip and an apron  and taxi way that have added to the adjacent runway,” Soliven said in a statement.

Philippine Navy recently discovered a large steel marker bearing Chinese inscription and hundreds of yellow buoys in waters near the Recto Bank, part of an area of the West Philippine Sea, believed to have huge deposits of oil and natural gas.

“It is also alarming to note that prior to these China Incursion, Philippine Navy have discovered seven man-made islands on top of coral reefs in the disputed Spratly Islands, “ Soliven said.

Philippines has filed a protest on this China’s assertive actions  and the hearing of the protes in the arbitration court in The Hague opened last Tuesday.

The Philippines’ arbitration case proceeded even when China refuses to participate in the hearing.

The China Asean Expo is a program hosted by China, and is now on its 11th year run.

This year’s CAEXPO marks ironically the China Asean Maritime cooperation year,aims to feature the 21st century version of the Maritime Silk Road.

The City of Zamboanga was chosen as this year’s one city, one country city of Charm.

Soliven called on the local government that amidst the tension in the West Philippine Sea and the territorial disputes  that China and Philippines are locked in, should revisit and reconsider Zamboanga City participation in the expo. — Robert C. Francisco