Gwei (鬼) means “ghost”. A lo (佬) is a regular guy, a chap or a bloke. The term is a reference to skin color, as white skin is associated with ghosts. The term is sometimes translated into English as foreign devil. The term arose in the 16th century when European sailors appeared in southern China as they were associated with barbarians. Historically, Chinese people had the image of its borders continuously breached by “uncivilized tribes”. (Wikipedia)
Fast forward to the present. At a time when humankind is supposed to be more evolved and only the lowest of the low-life persist in imposing themselves on others through the barrel of a gun, a new gwei lo has emerged on the world stage, pushing its weight around like a school yard bully preying on the most vulnerable that have no means or wherewithal to fight back.
No, I’m not talking about ISIS and their unspeakable acts of barbarism. At least ISIS has no pretensions. What you see is what you get–a pathetic clique of Islamic misfits with a gargantuan persecution complex wielding guns and rocket-propelled grenades . . . because they can’t function in the real world.
I’m talking about the People’s Republic of China, whose recent meteoric rise in economic status has led to the resurgence of a highly presumptuous and downright preposterous territorial claim, known as the “nine-dotted line” and illustrated in the following map.
The above map is the second page of a two-page document. The first page is a text addressed to the UN Secretary General, stating China’s sovereignty claim to the “islands in the South China Sea and the adjacent waters”. Click the following link to view the two-page document: China’s 2009 Nine-Dotted Line Map Submission to the United Nations. (Wikipedia)]
The nine-dotted line was originally an eleven-dotted-line first shown on a map published by the Kuomintang government of the Republic of China (1912–1949) in December 1947 to justify its claims in the South China Sea. After the Communist Party of China took over mainland China and formed the People’s Republic of China in 1949, the line was adopted and revised to nine as endorsed by Zhou Enlai. (Wikipedia) In short, it is what it is because China says so. British journalist, Bill Hayton, describes it as “collective hallucination“.
I suppose Greece could submit to the UN the following territorial map at the height of the Greek Empire and claim the said territory today.
Italy could also submit to the UN the following territorial map at the height of the Roman Empire and claim the said territory today.
Heck, Mongolia could submit to the UN the following territorial map at the height of the Mongol Empire and claim the said territory today.
Of course, Greece, Italy and Mongolia wouldn’t bother with such antics, considered unacceptable (indeed uncivilized) by today’s international conventions. In contrast, China, the new gwei lo (鬼佬), is unabashedly brandishing its brand of neo-barbarism by fist-pounding on the nine-dotted line, particularly towards certain ASEAN countries (not the least of which is the Philippines) that have legitimate claims under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS, to which China is a signatory) but are virtually defenseless against the military might of China.
The above map provides a snapshot of the South China Sea Dispute. Even in the absence of any explanation, one can objectively decipher that China’s nine-dotted line claim is overreaching and way beyond the realm of reason, equity and good faith. For a brief discussion on the matter, click on the following link: South China Sea Dispute.
Adding insult to injury, China, like the shameless gwei lo bully that it is, has gone on the offensive, repeatedly broadcasting its baseless and illegal claims like a Communist-party slogan on a broken record while aggressively reclaiming environmentally sensitive reefs in the absence of anymeaningful military opposition from the countries that have sovereign rights over the area. For more information, click on the following link: Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative.
In a nutshell, China’s offensive, particularly against the Philippines, can only be described as the mighty gwei lo‘s territorial rape and pillage of the defenseless (like a child preyed upon, traumatized and destroyed by a pedophile), as the rest of the world observes with indifference for fear of disrupting their economic ties with the all-powerful nouveau riche gwei lo.
Finally, just to drive the point home that China can have its way with the Philippines any time of day, China’s Coast Guard vessels which now maintain a presence in the Spratly Islands take every opportunity to harass Filipino fishermen and military personnel within the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone. Imagine, the temerity of this gwei lo invader to intimidate Filipinos within the sovereign zone of the Philippines, and then to denounce the Philippines as a “pathetic cry baby” for filing a case against China with the United Nations–the only civilized course of action under international law and unfortunately the only course of action of a militarily inept country like the Philippines–readPMA stands for Philippine Magnanakaw Academy.
Let’s face it. The chips are stacked against the Philippines (the term is monumentally screwed), particularly as China is wasting no time in building a massive and permanent military presence within Philippine areas in the South China Sea, in the guise of fulfilling “international responsibilities and expectations of the international community”. In fact, the South China Sea is now governed by the simple rules of the new gwei lo goons in town: (1) “Political power grows out of the barrel of agun.” (Mao Zedong) and (2) “He who has thegold makes the rules.” In the end, China will have military control over one of the most important shipping lanes in the world, threaten massive volumes of regional and global trade and exploit abundant natural resources it does not rightfully own. Fair warning to all the apathetic nations out there . . . Today, the Philippines is first in line to be force-fed the rotten staple of the new Sinocentric Hegemonic World Order. Tomorrow, it’s the turn of the rest of the world.
What to do when a militarily inept country like the Philippines or, for that matter, any ASEAN country cannot confront China militarily and, therefore, cannot secure their own territorial waters from the likes of the new gwei lo?
The private sector throughout ASEAN should organize, train and equip a band of well-paid special forces that will raid the reclamation activities of China within their respective UNCLOS 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zones. Each mission objective would be idiot proof: OBLITERATE THE GWEI LO . . . then withdraw, Vietcong guerrilla style–an appropriate response that might actually be understood by the barbaric gwei lo. Because it’s not sanctioned by any of the ASEAN governments, which individually (or even collectively) cannot possibly engage China in a frontal military campaign (and expect to be victorious), then China cannot declare war on any of the ASEAN countries. These raids would be sustained indefinitely until China complies with UNCLOS. A violent tit for every gwei lo tat.
Click on the following links to view the Philippine government documentaries on the South China Sea dispute, the first of which was aired on June 12, 2015 (Philippine Independence Day):
- The Coco Levy Scam, Danding Cojuangco and Grace Poe - April 20, 2016
- The Choice is Clear: Mar and Leni for 2016 - January 11, 2016
- Traitor vs Hero - August 29, 2015
- Treachery at the Philippine Supreme Court - August 22, 2015
- Jejomar Binay: Unworthy to be President - August 14, 2015