China wants the Philippines on its side because of its strategic location. and its allies (Japan, Australia, and India) on the other hand need the Philippines on their side in order to deny China uncontested control of waters within the first island chain.
And it also gives China's preposterous South China Sea claims some semblance of legitimacy. Other countries want the Philippines to assert its claim to the reefs, shoals, and mineral resources it owns, based on the Permanent Court of Arbitration's unanimous July 2016 ruling.
With the South China Sea to its west, and the Pacific Ocean to its east.
The three headed the 2015 police operation codenamed Oplan Exodus where 44 SAF police officers were killed by the combined rebel forces ..." In According to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI), a Washington-based think tank, and a part of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), China has upgraded its facilities in Panganiban Reef (Mischief Reef), Fiery Cross Reef, and Subi Reef.As we noted in a previous editorial, Filipinos should not relegate themselves to the sidelines of this unfolding saga.We are a major player and we all should start seeing ourselves as such.There were about 20 of us, young Filipino activists from all over the U. We said as much in an early editorial and we want to stress that point again today in light of the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos ...Satellite pictures have now exposed to the world China's secret immoral rushed construction of extensive military bases, runways and stations in seven different areas deep inside the Philippines' UN defined 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The Philippine archipelago's strategic location at the Western Pacific's gateway to Southeast Asia has grown significantly in importance just as the region itself has become a global powerhouse.