WHAT IF CHINA INVADES THE PHILIPINES
Several countries before laid a hand on the Philippines. Firstly, there were the Arabs, they who brought Islam on the shore of the archipelagic islands which Spain after its invasion called it Las Islas Filipinas. Chinese merchants were already there in every phase of Philippine social life whether under foreign tutelage or basically under traditional nay tribal condition. Then the Americans bought the country from Spain and after 500 years under Hispanic rule, the Filipinos became another picture of Hollywood for another 50 years. Then the Japs came and made the country a theater of violence when they engaged the Allied Forces in what became known as World War II for a while.
Thereafter, there was peace. The Philippine Republic was born. The Philippine society is an amalgam of different influences—Oriental, Mediterranean, European, Western. The blood of Filipinos also is a mixture of various racial contributions making the Filipino a phenomenal attraction of the world. No wonder, it is home to the most beautiful women in the universe. Furthermore, it has more singer per square kilometer than anywhere else in the world.
The Filipinos are not only the most resilient specie in Asia, it is also the most tolerant cultural sampling in Southeast Asia. In a park full of people from all over the world, try to whistle aloud and chances are, only Filipinos will respond looking at your direction searching for a sign and with a smile. Can you beat that?
The Philippines is a marvelous country in the tropics with verdant forest, extravagant natural resources, a geographic spectacle and almost at the heart of the planet. Recent survey would declare that the country is home for the most beautiful island in the cosmos. It is the most stunning place a superpower must invade historical evidence would show.
Having said that, China is now looming at the horizon casting a moistened eye on some Philippine islands. As a matter of fact, it has built facilities in islands situated in zones where other Southeast Asian countries are also contesting for a piece of action. Not to be outdone, Chinese authorities went all out to expand some islands through reclamation. This at a time when there is even a case lodge by Philippine government for UN court ruling. (UN handed down the decision that islands which China has claimed belong to the Philippines.)
There were opinions, some positive others negative. If diplomacy fails to contain the emotional content of the territorial dispute, this may lead towards hostilities. The Philippines is never known for its military superiority. Neither it is good at negotiation. We are subservient when it comes to foreign affairs. Only a few can lay claim on specialization but government is generally frail.
Now, what if China out of extreme anxiety or ethnic superiority as an economic behemoth, invades the country? But of course this is far fetching a situation. China took the long legal route to reclaim from Britain the colony of HongKong. Chinese government had a great headache invading Tibet. Taiwan, long considered an island of Mainland China, remains autonomous. If at all China intends to invade a specific territory, it would do it through economic means and not militarily. As it were, China has virtually invaded developed countries with cheap goods and gadgets. From their aggressive economic posture, it has gained the reputation of attaining the status of a superpower already even without firing a single shot. The Philippines is just a minor spot in its invasive plans if at all it has any.
However, granting for the sake of argument that China decides to take over Philippine government and annex the country as a satellite territory, what would happen to the country when this happens?
Since the richest and the most accomplished businessmen in the country are fundamentally of Chinese nationality, there is little adjustment. Considering the fact that there are also numerous government officials and functionaries who are of Chinese extract running the second economic and political layer, there is also minor adjustment. From hairpin to shampoo, from microchip to computer, from a lowly basin to a high end washbowl, almost everything is manufactured in China. Hence, there is nothing much to complain.
This necessitated a joke about a child who asked his father about what the kid learned in school. The child confronted his father and asked how come if God created everything according to his teacher, how come everything he sees has a mark Made in China!
If at all there is a change in government it is most likely a semblance of Communism since Mainland China is under communist rule since 1949 and has since been reinventing State policies that suit its economic profile and encouraging other States to follow suit. Despite the fact that communism has been disregarded and declared obsolete in the Eastern Bloc where Russia was once a fountainhead, it is only the Philippines where communist back insurgency is still alive. Again, there is little to worry.
On the whole, government will not have a radical departure from what we have. Sometime past, our President was of Chinese extract (a Conjuanco), we had a Chief Justice also of Chinese extract ( a Teehangkee), an Archbishop (Sin), and even our national hero (Jose Rizal who is a Chua). Bruce Lee and Jacky Chan are still icons and Kung Fu Panda remains a blockbuster movie.
Not much changes, except that we will retain as vassals of another country no matter how we are related and for as long as we remain fragmented.