It’s all in the name

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the July 12th, 2012

For those who like to analyze diplomatese, this statement by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be interesting,

    “The United States has no territorial claims there and we do not take sides in disputes about territorial or maritime boundaries,” Clinton told foreign ministers gathered in Cambodia’s capital. “But we do have an interest in freedom of navigation, the maintenance of peace and stability, respect for international law and unimpeded lawful commerce in the West Philippine Sea.”

Note that she used West Philippine Sea instead of South China Sea.

5 Responses to 'It’s all in the name'

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  1. Anna said,

    on July 14th, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Excellent! Sumply excellent!

  2. Lee Arenas said,

    on July 17th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Diplomatese? No need to go that far. Start with basic journalism – checking and verifying sources.

    Ms. Clinton’s statement or intervention (whatever diplomats want to call it) during the East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh can be found at:


    Been over it three times and could not find any mention of the “West Philippine Sea”.

    Compare the AP report by Bradley Klapper, “US, China square off over South China Sea” located at:


    with the Inquirer version that you have linked to:


    You are right, it’s all in the name. Did Inquirer deliberately alter the article or was that webpage hacked?

  3. uniffors said,

    on July 17th, 2012 at 10:23 pm


    Who knows? But that’s why it’s all in the name.

  4. J said,

    on July 20th, 2012 at 7:52 am

    I think Inquirer altered this. She used “South China Sea.”

    The only time Clinton used “West Philippine Sea” was during a GMA7-sponsored town hall meeting in Manila. That earned criticisms from China, and she never used the term again. Not even during the 2+2 ministerial dialogue between PH and US in Washington.

  5. uniffors said,

    on July 27th, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Thanks J. Shows that I shouldn’t trust the Inquirer.