Senator Imee Marcos is proposing the immediate appointment of a special envoy to China. In her statement, Senator Marcos said the special envoy should “preferably” be “a member of the Duterte family like Mayor Sara.”
“Diplomatic protests are certainly in order, but constant confrontation delays consensus and is really not the Asian way of solving disagreements,” Marcos said.
She also cited bilateral and multi-state negotiations that the government can “take to the next level,” from joint treaties on fishing, exploration, crime-fighting and coastal management in disputed maritime areas, to completing the joint South China Sea Code of Conduct among ASEAN states and China.
“Malaysia and Vietnam are showing the way. They’re now finalizing a memorandum of understanding on shared security and use of maritime areas under dispute,” Marcos pointed out.
Marcos said the Duterte government’s policy of pursuing shared interests should be expanded, citing the successful establishment of a joint naval anti-terrorism force with Malaysia and Indonesia, following the Marawi Siege.
“Besides agreements between member states, the whole ASEAN must also propel a joint Code of Conduct with China to its completion. It’s been almost 20 years since it was proposed and only general terms have so far been agreed. Let’s finish it ASAP!” Marcos added.
“The emphasis of foreign policy is to pursue shared goals rather than just unilateral interests, if harmony is to be achieved,” Marcos said.