The Philippines andJapan’s charm offensives towards China appear to have failed as Beijing seeksto isolate both powers within the region.
In recent weeks boththe Philippines and Japan have made a number of overtures to China aimed atmending strained bilateral ties. Just this week, for instance, the chief ofstaff of the Philippine military, Emmanuel Bautista, pledged that his countrywould continue its no-confrontation doctrine in the South China Sea, while alsosaying that it would consider allowing Chinese naval ships to use the Subicport.
"Many foreignships visit our ports and we welcome them, that is part of militarydiplomacy," Bautista told The South China Morning Post, referring to thePeople’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).
Equally notable,Filipino President Benigno Aquino III announced earlier this month that he wasaccepting an invitation from China to attend a one day business expo inNanning. He was expected to be received by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang duringthe September 3 trip.